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loot

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noun
  1. spoils or plunder taken by pillaging, as in war.
  2. anything taken by dishonesty, force, stealth, etc.: a burglar's loot.
  3. a collection of valued objects: The children shouted and laughed as they opened their Christmas loot.
  4. Slang. money: You'll have a fine time spending all that loot.
  5. act of looting or plundering: to take part in the loot of a conquered city.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to carry off or take (something) as loot: to loot a nation's art treasures.
  2. to despoil by taking loot; plunder or pillage (a city, house, etc.), as in war.
  3. to rob, as by burglary or corrupt activity in public office: to loot the public treasury.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to take loot; plunder: The conquerors looted and robbed.
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Origin of loot

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1780–90; < Hindi lūṭ, akin to Sanskrit luṇṭhati (he) steals
Related formsloot·er, noun

Synonyms for loot

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1. booty. 7. sack, ransack.

loot

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[loot]
verb Scot.
  1. simple past tense of let1.
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Related Words for looted

burglarize, raid, pillage, rob, snatch, plunder, gut, grab, ransack, boost, thieve, loft, liberate, make, swipe, sack, despoil, relieve, appropriate, lift

Examples from the Web for looted

Contemporary Examples of looted

Historical Examples of looted

  • "The candle-sticks were looted during the Commune," he began hurriedly.

  • Anne Warridge did, when they looted her Southampton place, some time ago.

    Nobody

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • In 1798 they were looted by the French, and were only restored to Freiburg in 1808.

    Holbein

    Beatrice Fortescue

  • Jesse rode into the building on horseback and looted it single-handed.

  • Many a galleon has been looted of ingots and bullion by the 146 old seadogs there.

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine


British Dictionary definitions for looted

loot

noun
  1. goods stolen during pillaging, as in wartime, during riots, etc
  2. goods, money, etc, obtained illegally
  3. informal money or wealth
  4. the act of looting or plundering
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verb
  1. to pillage (a city, settlement, etc) during war or riots
  2. to steal (money or goods), esp during pillaging
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Derived Formslooter, noun

Word Origin for loot

C19: from Hindi lūt
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Word Origin and History for looted

loot

n.

"goods taken from an enemy, etc.," 1788, Anglo-Indian, from Hindi lut, from Sanskrit loptram, lotram "booty, stolen property," from PIE *roup-tro-, from root *reup- "to snatch" (see rip (v.)). The verb is first attested 1821, from the noun. Related: Looted; looting.

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