Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Valuables pillaged in time of war; spoils.
  • noun Stolen goods or money.
  • noun Informal Things of value, such as gifts, received.
  • noun Slang Money.
  • intransitive verb To take goods from (a place) by force or without right, especially in time of war or lawlessness; plunder.
  • intransitive verb To take by force or without right; steal.
  • intransitive verb To take goods by force or through lawless behavior.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To plunder, as a house or a city which has been taken by storm; pillage; sack; ransack in search of plunder; also, to seize and carry off as plunder.
  • To engage in pillage; take booty.
  • noun Booty; plunder, especially such as is taken in war.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of plundering.
  • noun Plunder; booty; especially, the booty taken in a conquered or sacked city.
  • noun Anything stolen or obtained by dishonesty.
  • noun Valuable objects.
  • noun slang Money.
  • verb To plunder; to carry off as plunder or a prize lawfully obtained by war.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun plunder, booty, especially from a ransacked city.
  • noun colloquial (US) any prize or profit received for free, especially Christmas presents
  • noun video games Items dropped from defeated enemies in video games and online games.
  • verb to steal, especially as part of war, riot or other group violence.
  • verb video games to examine the corpse of a fallen enemy for loot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun informal terms for money
  • verb take illegally; of intellectual property
  • verb steal goods; take as spoils
  • noun goods or money obtained illegally

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Hindi lūṭ, from Sanskrit loptram, lotram, plunder; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Attested 1788, a loan from Hindustani लूट /لوٹ lūṭ (spoil, booty), from Sanskrit लुण्ट luṇṭ "to rob, plunder". The verb is from 1842. Fallows (1885) records both the noun and the verb as "Recent. Anglo-Indian".

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