Definition of rote in English:

rote

noun

  • Mechanical or habitual repetition of something to be learned.

    ‘a poem learned by rote in childhood’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most schools are run by the state, which combines a French structure with the rigid discipline and rote learning of the Islamic tradition.’
    • ‘I never learned by rote, nor have I ever believed it's the way to learn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It suggests to me that they have learned by rote, rather than by doing.’
    • ‘This was said without conviction, as if learned by rote.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The educational system emphasizes rote learning and memorization, rather than analytical thinking.’
    • ‘Obedience, rote memorisation, and neatness are enshrined as somehow intellectual achievements.’
    • ‘This rote memorization is the first level of learning in Bloom's Taxonomy, a six step hierarchy of learning.’
    • ‘Rote learning, rote teaching, rote education are gone.’
    • ‘Whatever Lewis lacked in intellect, he compensated with hard work, observation, patience, perfectionism, rote learning, and attention to detail.’
    • ‘In general, rote teaching tends to be the preferred approach in Eastern cultures; discovery learning is preferred by Western teachers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How does an adult learner learn new material if not by rote memorization?’
    • ‘With low-involvement decisions, really all that is required is rather simple rote learning of the benefit associated with the brand.’
    • ‘Did you actually learn Esperanto, or did you just learn your lines 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.’
    • ‘Subsequent studies have found that concept maps facilitated meaningful learning as opposed to rote learning.’
    mechanically, automatically, without thinking, unthinkingly, parrot-fashion, mindlessly
    from memory, by heart
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Origin

Middle English (also in the sense habit, custom): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

rote

/rōt/