Definition of loot in English:

loot

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Private property taken from an enemy in war:

    ‘the rooms were stuffed with the loot from Francis's expeditions into Italy’
    • ‘These people came back from wars, with vast amounts of loot, which they had stolen abroad.’
    • ‘In 808-809 the Khan's soldiers defeated the Byzantine army in the Struma valley, seizing immense loot and much gold.’
    • ‘It concerns what the country did with Japan's loot once it discovered how much of it there was, the form it took, and how little influence its original owners had.’
    • ‘The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, which traces Nazi loot, has asked the Art Minister to investigate the Collection's provenance for any connection to the Nazis.’
    • ‘If the Vatican does have stolen loot, then I agree it should be returned.’
    • ‘This orgy of loot and arson was soon followed by more systematic ‘residential cleansing’.’
    • ‘That included the SS, who held trainloads of loot stolen from churches, banks, stately homes, museums and castles from around Europe.’
    • ‘This way you're able to survive and get a variety of loot off enemy ships.’
    • ‘That represents a great departure from being preoccupied with loot and spoils of war, and indeed all worldly gains.’
    • ‘Leopold's depravations were so grotesque and occurred on such a scale that even the other colonial powers had to take pause in their scramble for African loot.’
    • ‘With the use of paid mercenaries from Germany, Finland and Scotland, and a strong fleet, the Swedes were able to conduct raids and escape quickly with their loot.’
    • ‘Litigation continues against Swiss banks that hid much of the Nazi loot.’
    • ‘The family has denied claims by the Simon Weisenthal Centre in Paris that they may have acquired items for their collection from Nazi loot.’
    • ‘A spokesman said that nothing had been found so far to substantiate the allegations of Nazi loot being in the collection, and there was also an obligation on those who were making the claims to provide sufficient evidence in support of them.’
    • ‘A lot of Japanese loot has been found in the Philippines.’
    • ‘Another aspect of Nazi loot was the gold they acquired, again by the most dubious ‘legal’ means, from the central banks of European occupied countries.’
    1. 1.1 Stolen money or valuables:
      ‘the gang escaped with their loot’
      • ‘He went back into the kitchen, stuffing his loot into a knapsack.’
      • ‘Unfortunately for her, my house is completely deadlocked so there was no way she could get any of this loot out so she must have just cut her losses and left before the boys in blue arrived and clapped her in chains.’
      • ‘With a huge grin on his face, a bag full of loot and a silver revolver with five bullets and one empty slot he slowly walked down the street to the north on his way to his apartment.’
      • ‘And while we didn't come across smugglers or other villains, it was easy to imagine them lurking nearby, waiting to return to a cave for their buried loot when darkness fell.’
      • ‘A MEMBER of a burglary gang which snatched loot worth £1,500 from a York house has been jailed for 14 months.’
      • ‘If thieves cannot get rid of their loot, then they have little reason to steal.’
      • ‘It was not as precious as silver was these days but it was nice loot for a pickpocket.’
      • ‘Mystery surrounds a valuable haul of stolen loot discovered by a dog walker.’
      • ‘The thieves' loot amounted to Nike shoes, watches and money.’
      • ‘In the original film, the ending was a ‘cliffhanger’ when the gang's coach carrying the Minis and their gold bullion loot was left balancing on a precipice.’
      • ‘And though he quickly stole a fortune from his country's treasury, neither he nor his family had long to enjoy their loot.’
      • ‘Hours later, soaked, cold and shivering, John pulled himself up the river-bank downstream, still holding his precious loot from the heist.’
      • ‘He relates the story of a heist gone wrong as a gang begins to suspect each other after their loot is stolen.’
      • ‘The heroic 64-year-old was blasted in the stomach at point blank range when he tried to stop two armed robbers escaping with their loot.’
      • ‘He ran from the bank with his stolen loot, and escaped unharmed, even though the bank manager emptied an entire revolver at him, missing with every shot.’
      • ‘Such feasts might take place at inauguration ceremonies such as dynastic weddings, or to accompany the distribution of loot or booty from raids or trading expeditions.’
      • ‘In fact, a gang of train robbers have turfed their loot out the window with the intent of recovering it first chance they get.’
      • ‘The security officers had apparently been watching her steal in the store and waited until she had got outside, thinking she had escaped with her loot, to accost her.’
      • ‘Criminals go to extraordinary lengths to steal from some of the companies, especially precious metals firms where a rucksack full of loot can fetch up to £50,000.’
      • ‘Among the burglar's loot were Nelson's three precious Naval Gold Medals, a mark of honour awarded to admirals and captains present at certain Naval engagements in the Napoleonic Wars.’
      booty, spoils, plunder, stolen goods, contraband, pillage
      haul, prize
      swag, the goods, hot goods, ill-gotten gains, boodle
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    2. 1.2informal Money:
      ‘ten thousand quid is a lot of loot’
      • ‘Subtract the two figures and you will find yourself with some extra loot, once all bills and obligations have been met.’
      • ‘He knew no one could ask for that much loot without being sure of his skills.’
      • ‘Jenny ran screaming out of the cab, dropping her loot.’
      • ‘The task involves picking up $500,000 in loot in Montana.’
      • ‘When she's not filming thirty-second commercials of her popping wads of cheese-filled pizza crust into small boys' mouths for gobs of cash, she's making her own line of shoes for loads of loot.’
      • ‘Under a subscription or rent-a-tune model, you can listen to a boatload of music for a lot less loot than on a buy-only download site.’
      • ‘He pocketed a considerable amount of loot, but he suffered 11 concussions, a broken hand, a fractured eye socket, a broken nose and knee damage.’
      • ‘Lotto headquarters is closed until tomorrow morning, so the winner will have to wait another 24 hours to collect their loot of €3,240,746.’
      • ‘And before they suggest that ‘state funding of political parties’ is some novel form of financing, let's look at the vast amounts of loot we currently give them.’
      • ‘It is not a good idea if it merely means that private parties get the loot for projects that would otherwise serve no purpose in a market.’
      • ‘I have a designated driver for the night and the plans are to receive a lot of loot, get obscenely drunk, and pass out.’
      • ‘I've not said anything about the debt situation for a while because I didn't want to jinx things but last Friday the new mortgage kicked in and all the lovely loot was received by my solicitor as per normal.’
      • ‘That's a lot of loot for a pair of companies that have yet to make a dime in profits.’
      • ‘Do I enjoy listening to people squabble over loot?’
      • ‘Landlords are requesting ridiculous rent hikes and gullible tenants like you are helping them stuff their pockets with your hard-earned loot.’
      money, wealth, funds, cash, hard cash, wherewithal, means, assets, liquid assets, capital, resources, reserves, deep pockets
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Steal goods from (a place), typically during a war or riot:

    ‘police confronted the protestors who were looting shops’
    • ‘Property and even human beings were randomly set on fire and shops looted during the violence.’
    • ‘US officials said that many items originally thought to have been looted were placed in hidden vaults, discovered inside the museum this week, for protection before the war began.’
    • ‘More than 300 people were believed to have been involved in the violence, which saw police being pelted with missiles, shops looted and cars attacked.’
    • ‘Rioters have looted shops this week, carrying away goods in full view of media cameras.’
    • ‘For many of the armed bands roaming the region, raiding and looting have become a way of life.’
    • ‘Housing estates have been burnt down, schools ransacked, shops looted.’
    • ‘This is a school that had been looted in the midst of the war.’
    • ‘Police and fire service forensics teams picked through the wreckage of a torched car showroom housing 70 cars and a hardware shop which was looted for axes and saws in some of the worst street violence in Britain for years.’
    • ‘Her story gets still worse, for after her abduction she was taken back to loot her own home village.’
    • ‘As the year developed after the looting, reports both highlighted the damage and confused the issue.’
    • ‘Hundreds of people later gathered, resulting in a five-hour stand-off against police as missiles were thrown, shops and businesses looted and public houses set on fire.’
    • ‘Viviana has been shocked by her country's bankruptcy, devaluation, rocketing inflation and unemployment, all combined with a bout of rioting, looting and street violence.’
    • ‘People have been killed in the public protests, rioting and looting that has gripped the country.’
    • ‘For example, in such operations we often find noncombatants involved in acts of violence like rioting or looting.’
    • ‘In previous centuries, conquerors were known to pillage, loot, rape and burn.’
    • ‘He said last night the move would prevent the waters from being looted and pillaged by other EU members, and introduce effective conservation of fish stocks.’
    • ‘Scared that the site would be looted, he immediately contacted British military representatives in Norway.’
    • ‘But away from formal politics, the summit was marred by street violence, looting, three shootings and 539 arrests over two days.’
    • ‘Again, there is no single market in the countries neighbouring the region, for ivory, gold, aluminum and others that are looted from the area.’
    • ‘Essentially, a pogrom consisted of the assembly of a mob which would throng into the Jewish parts of a town, break into houses and shops, to loot, beat, rape, burn, and frequently kill the inhabitants.’
    plunder, pillage, ransack, sack, raid, rifle, rob, burgle, steal from
    maraud, ravage, devastate, lay waste to, wreak havoc on, vandalize
    gut, strip, fleece, clear out
    despoil
    depredate, spoliate
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    1. 1.1 Steal (goods) in a war, riot, etc.:
      ‘tonnes of food aid awaiting distribution had been looted’
    2. 1.2Indian Steal (something) from someone:
      ‘a gang looted Rs. 1.5 lakh from a passenger’
      • ‘Not only had he looted her in material terms, he had committed a far greater crime by looting her spirit.’
      • ‘In the first eleven months, burglars broke into 1,734 houses and looted valuables worth crores of rupees, making a mockery of the night police patrol.’
      • ‘The local railway station authorities today recovered the money looted by two policemen from four migrant workers yesterday.’
      • ‘On Sunday night, dacoits looted valuables worth over Rs 1 lakh from a house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar after assaulting the aged residents.’
      • ‘This gang had allegedly looted an amount of Rs 61 lakh and killed five persons in nine incidents of crime committed in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh during the past two-and-half years.’

Origin

Early 19th century (as a verb): from Hindi lūṭ, from Sanskrit luṇṭh- rob.

Pronunciation:

loot

/luːt/