Definition of loot in English:

loot

noun

  • 1Goods, especially private property, taken from an enemy in war.

    • ‘If the Vatican does have stolen loot, then I agree it should be returned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These people came back from wars, with vast amounts of loot, which they had stolen abroad.’
    • ‘The family has denied claims by the Simon Weisenthal Centre in Paris that they may have acquired items for their collection from Nazi loot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This way you're able to survive and get a variety of loot off enemy ships.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That represents a great departure from being preoccupied with loot and spoils of war, and indeed all worldly gains.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Litigation continues against Swiss banks that hid much of the Nazi loot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 808-809 the Khan's soldiers defeated the Byzantine army in the Struma valley, seizing immense loot and much gold.’
    1. 1.1 Stolen money or valuables.
      ‘two men wearing stocking masks, each swinging a bag of loot’
      • ‘Mystery surrounds a valuable haul of stolen loot discovered by a dog walker.’
      • ‘The thieves' loot amounted to Nike shoes, watches and money.’
      • ‘Hours later, soaked, cold and shivering, John pulled himself up the river-bank downstream, still holding his precious loot from the heist.’
      • ‘A MEMBER of a burglary gang which snatched loot worth £1,500 from a York house has been jailed for 14 months.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If thieves cannot get rid of their loot, then they have little reason to steal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He went back into the kitchen, stuffing his loot into a knapsack.’
      • ‘In fact, a gang of train robbers have turfed their loot out the window with the intent of recovering it first chance they get.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He relates the story of a heist gone wrong as a gang begins to suspect each other after their loot is stolen.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was not as precious as silver was these days but it was nice loot for a pickpocket.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And though he quickly stole a fortune from his country's treasury, neither he nor his family had long to enjoy their loot.’
      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; wealth.
      ‘the thief made off with $5 million in loot’
      • ‘Isaac owed him money and to his surprise came up with the loot to pay him.’
      • ‘The first contestant to solve all the clues will get the loot.’
      • ‘Relax, some of the loot was Christmas presents.’
      • ‘Congratulations on the weight loss and congratulations on the loot.’
      • ‘During the early part of this century, American mobsters began buying up legitimate businesses in order to explain the origins of their ill-gotten 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 rioters who were looting shops’
    • ‘But away from formal politics, the summit was marred by street violence, looting, three shootings and 539 arrests over two days.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Housing estates have been burnt down, schools ransacked, shops looted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Property and even human beings were randomly set on fire and shops looted during the violence.’
    • ‘For many of the armed bands roaming the region, raiding and looting have become a way of life.’
    • ‘Scared that the site would be looted, he immediately contacted British military representatives in Norway.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In previous centuries, conquerors were known to pillage, loot, rape and burn.’
    • ‘For example, in such operations we often find noncombatants involved in acts of violence like rioting or looting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a school that had been looted in the midst of the war.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Again, there is no single market in the countries neighbouring the region, for ivory, gold, aluminum and others that are looted from the area.’
    • ‘Rioters have looted shops this week, carrying away goods in full view of media cameras.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      ‘tons of food aid awaiting distribution had been looted’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

loot

/lo͞ot/