Rote Definition

rōt
noun
A memorizing process using routine or repetition, often without full attention or comprehension.
Learn by rote.
American Heritage
A fixed, mechanical way of doing something; routine.
Webster's New World
The sound of the surf beating on the shore.
Webster's New World
A medieval stringed instrument, variously supposed to have been a kind of lyre, lute, or harp.
Webster's New World
adjective
Of or having to do with learning through memorization.
Webster's New World
By repetition or practice.
Wiktionary
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verb
To learn or repeat by rote.
Wiktionary

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Rote

  • by rote

Origin of 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English rote, probably of German origin; compare Middle High German rotte, and English crowd (“a kind of violin").

    From Wiktionary

  • c. 1600, from Old Norse rót (“tossing, pitching (of sea)") n, perhaps related to rauta (“to roar").

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably of Scandinavian origin Old Norse rauta to roar

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old French probably of Germanic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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