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Definition of "rot" []

  • To undergo decomposition, especially organic decomposition; decay. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become damaged, weakened, or useless because of decay: The beams had rotted away. (verb-intransitive)
  • To disappear or fall by decaying: One could see the blackened areas where the branches had rotted off. (verb-intransitive)
  • To languish; decline: "He was thrown into one of Napoleon's dungeons and left to rot” ( Michael Massing). (verb-intransitive)
  • To decay morally; become degenerate. (verb-intransitive)
  • To decay or cause to decay as a result of bacterial or fungal action (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To fall or crumble (off) or break (away), as from natural decay, corrosive action, or long use (verb)
  • To become weak, debilitated, or depressed through inertia, confinement, etc; languish (verb)
  • To become or cause to become morally corrupt or degenerate (verb)
  • The process of rotting or the state of being rotten (noun)
  • Something decomposed, disintegrated, or degenerate (noun)
  • Any putrefactive decomposition of tissues (noun)
  • A condition in plants characterized by breakdown and decay of tissues, caused by bacteria, fungi, etc (noun)
  • A contagious fungal disease of the feet of sheep characterized by inflammation, swelling, a foul-smelling discharge, and lameness (noun)
  • Nonsense; rubbish (noun)

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Use "rot" in a sentence
  • "Dave Becker: @rot: Yes, the subtitles are, as stated in the Special features, "New and Improved", and I did notice ... rot: highly recommend the blu-ray transfer for this one, also, I believe the subtitles are different from the original Rolling ..."
  • "The reason that you will want a heavy rot is because you need to be able to horse fish out of thick cover."
  • "Yes | No | Report from ken. mcloud wrote 32 weeks 2 days ago the most common justification for killing an animal and then just letting it rot is "population control"."