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Definition of plunder verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

plunder

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈplʌndə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplʌndər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plunder
BrE BrE//ˈplʌndə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplʌndər//
 
he / she / it plunders
BrE BrE//ˈplʌndəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplʌndərz//
 
past simple plundered
BrE BrE//ˈplʌndəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplʌndərd//
 
past participle plundered
BrE BrE//ˈplʌndəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplʌndərd//
 
-ing form plundering
BrE BrE//ˈplʌndərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplʌndərɪŋ//
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to steal things from a place, especially using force during a time of war synonym loot The troops crossed the country, plundering and looting as they went. Delhi was captured and plundered in 1739. plunder something (of something) The abbey had been plundered of its valuables. plunder something (from something) Only a small amount of the money that he plundered from his companies has been recovered. compare pillage See related entries: Conflict Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from German plündern, literally ‘rob of household goods’, from Middle High German plunder ‘household effects’. Early use of the verb was with reference to the Thirty Years War (reflecting German usage); on the outbreak of the Civil War in 1642, the word and activity were associated with the forces under Prince Rupert.
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