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rote1

[roht] /roʊt/
noun
1.
routine; a fixed, habitual, or mechanical course of procedure:
the rote of daily living.
adjective
2.
proceeding mechanically and repetitiously; being mechanical and repetitious in nature; routine; habitual: rote performance; rote implementation;
His behavior became more rote with every passing year.
Idioms
3.
by rote, from memory, without thought of the meaning; in a mechanical way:
to learn a language by rote.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; of obscure origin

rote2

[roht] /roʊt/
noun, Music.
1.
crowd2 .
Also, rota, rotta, rotte.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French < Frankish *hrota (compare Old High German hruozza); akin to crowd2

rote3

[roht] /roʊt/
noun
1.
the sound of waves breaking on the shore.
Origin
1600-10; perhaps < Old Norse rauta ‘roar’
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Examples from the web for rote
  • The once-popular rote learning had a valuable place in verbal as opposed to literate cultures.
  • Most courses are so strongly geared towards rote memorization that critical thought can often be found lacking.
  • In a sane society, school and education would focus on teaching these concepts, rather than rote memorization and taking orders.
  • The methods were outdated and centered around rote memorization and translation.
  • Yet the skills required for this century will not be based in rote- and test-based-learning but in creative thinking.
  • In effect, this creates a tyranny of exams largely based on rote learning.
  • Science and math principles are taught through hands-on activities, not through rote learning.
  • But the biggest problem is with the emphasis on rote learning, on one right answer.
  • The system of entrance exams is rigged against the poor, and the rote memory methodology rewards good memory and cheating.
  • Describes one teacher's attempts to move her students from rote learning to reasoning.
British Dictionary definitions for rote

rote1

/rəʊt/
noun
1.
a habitual or mechanical routine or procedure
2.
by rote, by repetition; by heart (often in the phrase learn by rote)
Word Origin
C14: origin unknown

rote2

/rəʊt/
noun
1.
an ancient violin-like musical instrument; crwth
Word Origin
C13: from Old French rote, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German rotta, Middle Dutch rotte
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Word Origin and History for rote
n.

c.1300, "custom, habit," in phrase bi rote "by heart," of uncertain origin, sometimes said to be connected with Old French rote "route" (see route (n.)), or from Latin rota "wheel" (see rotary), but OED calls both suggestions groundless.

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Idioms and Phrases with rote

rote

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Encyclopedia Article for rote

medieval European stringed musical instrument. The name is frequently applied to the boxlike lyres with straight or waisted sides frequently pictured in medieval illustrations of musical instruments. Some surviving writings, however, indicate that contemporary writers may have applied the name to the harp. The rotta probably originated in Ireland as the cruit and spread to the European continent. The Irish name is related to crwth, the Welsh bowed lyre.

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