- 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 rót (“tossing, pitching (of sea)”) n, perhaps related to rauta (“to roar”).