rote

1
[ roht ]
/ roʊt /

noun

routine; a fixed, habitual, or mechanical course of procedure: the rote of daily living.

adjective

proceeding mechanically and repetitiously; being mechanical and repetitious in nature; routine; habitual: rote performance; rote implementation; His behavior became more rote with every passing year.

Idioms

    by rote, from memory, without thought of the meaning; in a mechanical way: to learn a language by rote.

Origin of rote

1
1275–1325; Middle English; of obscure origin

Definition for rote (2 of 3)

rote

2
[ roht ]
/ roʊt /

noun Music.

Also rota, rotta, rotte.

Origin of rote

2
1350–1400; Middle English < Old French < Frankish *hrota (compare Old High German hruozza); akin to crowd2

Definition for rote (3 of 3)

rote

3
[ roht ]
/ roʊt /

noun

the sound of waves breaking on the shore.

Origin of rote

3
1600–10; perhaps < Old Norse rauta ‘roar’
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British Dictionary definitions for rote (1 of 2)

rote

1
/ (rəʊt) /

noun

a habitual or mechanical routine or procedure
by rote by repetition; by heart (often in the phrase learn by rote)

Word Origin for rote

C14: origin unknown

British Dictionary definitions for rote (2 of 2)

rote

2
/ (rəʊt) /

noun

an ancient violin-like musical instrument; crwth

Word Origin for rote

C13: from Old French rote, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German rotta, Middle Dutch rotte
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Idioms and Phrases with rote

rote


see by heart (rote).

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