- Rote is defined as a routine, mechanical way of doing something.
When you repeat spelling words over and over, this is an example of memorizing something by rote.
Origin of roteMiddle English ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin of roteprobably via Middle English dialect, dialectal ; from Scandinavian as in Old Norse rauta, to roar, akin to Old High German rōz, a weeping, wailing: for Indo-European base see raucous
Origin of roteMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Frankish an unverified form hrōta (akin to Old High German hrotta) ; from Celtic chrotta from source Welsh crwth, crowd
- A memorizing process using routine or repetition, often without full attention or comprehension: learn by rote.
- Mechanical routine.
Origin of roteMiddle English.
Origin of roteProbably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse rauta, to roar.
Origin of roteMiddle English, from Old French, probably of Germanic origin.
- The process of learning or committing something to memory through mechanical repetition, usually by hearing and repeating aloud, often without full attention to comprehension or thought for the meaning.
- They didn't have copies of the music for everyone, so most of us had to learn the song by rote.
- Mechanical routine; a fixed, habitual, repetitive, or mechanical course of procedure.
- The pastoral scenes from those commercials don't bear too much resemblance to the rote of daily life on a farm.
- Commonly found in the phrase "by rote" and in attributive use: "rote learning", "rote memorization", and so on.
- Often used pejoratively in comparison with "deeper" learning that leads to "understanding".
(comparative more rote, superlative most rote)
- By repetition or practice.
(third-person singular simple present rotes, present participle roting, simple past and past participle roted)
- To learn or repeat by rote.
From Middle English, origin uncertain. Likely from the phrase bi (“by") rote (“heart"), c. 1300. Some have proposed a relationship either with Old French rote/rute (“route"), or Latin rota (“wheel") (see rotary), but the OED calls both suggestions groundless.
c. 1600, from Old Norse rÃ³t (“tossing, pitching (of sea)") n, perhaps related to rauta (“to roar").