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See also Röte

English

Etymology

Middle English, origin uncertain. Likely from the phrase bi rote (“by heart”), c.1300. Some have proposed a relationship either with Old French rote/rute (“route”), or [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] rota (wheel) (see rotary), but the O.E.D. calls both suggestions groundless.

  • Rare, unrelated "roar of the surf" sense is c.1600, from Old Norse rot (“breaking of waves”), perhaps related to rauta (“roar”).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
rote

Plural
-

rote (-)
  1. (usually in the phrase by rote) The process of committing something to memory through repetition, in a mechanical way, 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.
  2. 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.
  3. (rare) The roar of the surf; the sound of waves breaking on the shore.

Usage notes

  • This noun is mostly found in the phrase "by rote", and in attributive use: "rote learning", "rote memorization", and so on. It is not normally considered an adjective, but the derived adverb rotely is attested.

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German

Adjective

rote

  1. Inflected form of rot.

Norwegian

Etymology

From Old Norse róta

Verb

rote (present tense roter; past tense rota/rotet; past participle rota/rotet; present participle rotende; imperative rot)

  1. to untidy, to make a mess
  2. (slang) to fool around (engage in casual or flirtatious sexual acts)

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