Definition of rote in English:



mass noun
  • Mechanical or habitual repetition of something to be learned.

    ‘a poem learnt by rote in childhood’
    as modifier ‘rote learning’
    • ‘In general, rote teaching tends to be the preferred approach in Eastern cultures; discovery learning is preferred by Western teachers.’
    • ‘Prior to the development of music notation, if you performed a piece, you must have either made up your own composition or learned someone else's piece by ear or rote.’
    • ‘I never learned by rote, nor have I ever believed it's the way to learn.’
    • ‘Rote learning, rote teaching, rote education are gone.’
    • ‘The educational system emphasizes rote learning and memorization, rather than analytical thinking.’
    • ‘This was said without conviction, as if learned by rote.’
    • ‘This rote memorization is the first level of learning in Bloom's Taxonomy, a six step hierarchy of learning.’
    • ‘His education was rigorous in the European way - many hours of learning by rote to draw every proportion and detail of the buildings he studied.’
    • ‘With low-involvement decisions, really all that is required is rather simple rote learning of the benefit associated with the brand.’
    • ‘It suggests to me that they have learned by rote, rather than by doing.’
    • ‘There was a standard way of handling things, and that had gotten into the art form itself, to where people were doing this stuff by rote.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the control scheme and the dependency on rote memorization, not to mention the immense difficulty level diminishes the quality of the game.’
    • ‘I like to get that stuff down by rote, so I can do it automatically and not devote any brain cells to the technical aspects.’
    • ‘Whatever Lewis lacked in intellect, he compensated with hard work, observation, patience, perfectionism, rote learning, and attention to detail.’
    • ‘Most schools are run by the state, which combines a French structure with the rigid discipline and rote learning of the Islamic tradition.’
    • ‘Obedience, rote memorisation, and neatness are enshrined as somehow intellectual achievements.’
    • ‘Did you actually learn Esperanto, or did you just learn your lines by rote?’
    • ‘How does an adult learner learn new material if not by rote memorization?’
    • ‘Subsequent studies have found that concept maps facilitated meaningful learning as opposed to rote learning.’
    • ‘Argento is barely featured, and when he is talking, the answers seem like rote repetitions of things he's said about the film thousands of times before.’
    mechanically, automatically, without thinking, unthinkingly, parrot-fashion, mindlessly
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Middle English (also in the sense ‘habit, custom’): of unknown origin.