Definition of loot in US English:

loot

noun

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

    • ‘Litigation continues against Swiss banks that hid much of the Nazi loot.’
    • ‘In 808-809 the Khan's soldiers defeated the Byzantine army in the Struma valley, seizing immense loot and much gold.’
    • ‘A lot of Japanese loot has been found in the Philippines.’
    • ‘That included the SS, who held trainloads of loot stolen from churches, banks, stately homes, museums and castles from around Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These people came back from wars, with vast amounts of loot, which they had stolen abroad.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The family has denied claims by the Simon Weisenthal Centre in Paris that they may have acquired items for their collection from 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That represents a great departure from being preoccupied with loot and spoils of war, and indeed all worldly gains.’
    • ‘If the Vatican does have stolen loot, then I agree it should be returned.’
    1. 1.1 Stolen money or valuables.
      ‘two men wearing stocking masks, each swinging a bag of loot’
      • ‘The thieves' loot amounted to Nike shoes, watches and money.’
      • ‘And though he quickly stole a fortune from his country's treasury, neither he nor his family had long to enjoy their loot.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A MEMBER of a burglary gang which snatched loot worth £1,500 from a York house has been jailed for 14 months.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was not as precious as silver was these days but it was nice loot for a pickpocket.’
      • ‘He went back into the kitchen, stuffing his loot into a knapsack.’
      • ‘Mystery surrounds a valuable haul of stolen loot discovered by a dog walker.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hours later, soaked, cold and shivering, John pulled himself up the river-bank downstream, still holding his precious loot from the heist.’
      • ‘If thieves cannot get rid of their loot, then they have little reason to steal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 relates the story of a heist gone wrong as a gang begins to suspect each other after their loot is stolen.’
      booty, spoils, plunder, stolen goods, contraband, pillage
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    2. 1.2informal Money; wealth.
      ‘the thief made off with $5 million in 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.’
      • ‘That's a lot of loot for a pair of companies that have yet to make a dime in profits.’
      • ‘Relax, some of the loot was Christmas presents.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do I enjoy listening to people squabble over loot?’
      • ‘Subtract the two figures and you will find yourself with some extra loot, once all bills and obligations have been met.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Congratulations on the weight loss and congratulations on the loot.’
      • ‘Landlords are requesting ridiculous rent hikes and gullible tenants like you are helping them stuff their pockets with your hard-earned loot.’
      • ‘Isaac owed him money and to his surprise came up with the loot to pay him.’
      • ‘He knew no one could ask for that much loot without being sure of his skills.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first contestant to solve all the clues will get the loot.’
      • ‘I have a designated driver for the night and the plans are to receive a lot of loot, get obscenely drunk, and pass out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The task involves picking up $500,000 in loot in Montana.’
      • ‘Jenny ran screaming out of the cab, dropping her loot.’
      money, wealth, finance, finances, funds, cash, hard cash, lucre, filthy lucre, wherewithal, means, assets, liquid assets, capital, resources, reserves, deep pockets
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Steal goods from (a place), typically during a war or riot.

    ‘police confronted the rioters who were looting shops’
    • ‘People have been killed in the public protests, rioting and looting that has gripped the country.’
    • ‘But away from formal politics, the summit was marred by street violence, looting, three shootings and 539 arrests over two days.’
    • ‘This is a school that had been looted in the midst of the war.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the year developed after the looting, reports both highlighted the damage and confused the issue.’
    • ‘Housing estates have been burnt down, schools ransacked, shops looted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rioters have looted shops this week, carrying away goods in full view of media cameras.’
    • ‘For example, in such operations we often find noncombatants involved in acts of violence like rioting or looting.’
    • ‘Her story gets still worse, for after her abduction she was taken back to loot her own home village.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Property and even human beings were randomly set on fire and shops looted during the violence.’
    • ‘In previous centuries, conquerors were known to pillage, loot, rape and burn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    plunder, pillage, ransack, sack, raid, rifle, rob, burgle, steal from
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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//lut/