Burglars and pirates handle a lot of loot — otherwise known as stolen money or goods.

One bank robber might say to the other, "You watch the customers! I'm going after the loot!" Loot most often means money, especially the kind of money you didn't get legally. Loot is right up there with booty and swag in the family of words for stolen or pillaged things. When used as a verb, loot refers to the act of stealing, like when an angry mob loots the local grocery store during a riot.

Definitions of loot
  1. noun
    goods or money obtained illegally
    synonyms: booty, dirty money, pillage, plunder, prize, swag
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    type of:
    stolen property
    property that has been stolen
  2. noun
    informal terms for money
    synonyms: boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, lucre, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum
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    type of:
    the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender
  3. verb
    steal goods; take as spoils
    “During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners”
    synonyms: despoil, foray, pillage, plunder, ransack, reave, rifle, strip
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    deplume, displume
    strip of honors, possessions, or attributes
    type of:
    take by force
  4. verb
    take illegally; of intellectual property
    synonyms: plunder
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    type of:
    take without the owner's consent
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