see also: ROT
  • (British) IPA: /ɹɒt/
  • (GA) IPA: [ɹɑt]
  • (AU, New Zealand) IPA: /ɹɔt/

rot (rots, present participle rotting; past and past participle rotted)

  1. (intransitive) To suffer decomposition due to biological action, especially by fungi or bacteria.
    • 1733, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Man. […], (please specify ), London: Printed for J[ohn] Wilford, […], OCLC 960856019 ↗:
  2. (intransitive) To decline in function or utility.
  3. (ambitransitive) To (cause to) deteriorate in any way, as in morals; to corrupt.
  4. (transitive) To make putrid; to cause to be wholly or partially decomposed by natural processes.
    to rot vegetable fiber
  5. (intransitive, figurative) To spend a long period of time (in an unpleasant place).
    to rot in prison
    to rot in Hell
    • Four of the sufferers were left to rot in irons.
    • Rot, poor bachelor, in your club.
  6. (transitive) To expose, as flax, to a process of maceration, etc., for the purpose of separating the fiber; to ret.
  7. (dated, slang) To talk nonsense.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 37:
      Adrian thought it worth while to try out his new slang. ‘I say, you fellows, here's a rum go. Old Biffo was jolly odd this morning. He gave me a lot of pi-jaw about slacking and then invited me to tea. No rotting! He did really.’
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  1. The process of becoming rotten; putrefaction.
  2. Decaying matter.
  3. Any of several diseases in which breakdown of tissue occurs.
  4. Verbal nonsense.
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rot (uncountable)

  1. (broadcasting) Initialism of record of transmission
Proper noun
  1. (sports) Abbreviation of refugee#English|refugee Olympics#English|Olympics team#English|team. country code for the team

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