rot (rots, present participle rotting; past and past participle rotted)
- (intransitive) To suffer decomposition due to biological action, especially by fungi or bacteria.
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- (intransitive) To decline in function or utility.
- (ambitransitive) To (cause to) deteriorate in any way, as in morals; to corrupt.
- (transitive) To make putrid; to cause to be wholly or partially decomposed by natural processes.
- to rot vegetable fiber
- (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.
- (transitive) To expose, as flax, to a process of maceration, etc., for the purpose of separating the fiber; to ret.
- (dated, slang) To talk nonsense.
- French: pourrir
- German: verrotten, verderben, faulen, verfaulen
- Italian: marcire, putrefarsi
- Portuguese: putrefazer, apodrecer
- Russian: гнить
- Spanish: pudrir, podrir
- The process of becoming rotten; putrefaction.
- Decaying matter.
- Any of several diseases in which breakdown of tissue occurs.
- Verbal nonsense.
- (nonsense) See also Thesaurus:nonsense
- Spanish: putrefacción, podre
rot (uncountable)Proper noun
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