1. Valuables pillaged in time of war; spoils.
2. Stolen goods or money.
3. Informal Things of value, such as gifts, received.
4. Slang Money.
v. loot·ed, loot·ing, loots
1. To take goods from (a place) by force or without right, especially in time of war or lawlessness; plunder: The rebels looted the city. Rioters looted the downtown stores.
2. To take by force or without right; steal: broke into the tomb and looted the grave goods.
To take goods by force or through lawless behavior.
[Hindi lūṭ, from Sanskrit loptram, lotram, plunder; see reup- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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