rot Definition

  • 1the process of decaying or decomposing through the action of bacteria and fungi
  • 2something that has decayed or decomposed
  • 3nonsense; worthless or false statements or ideas

Using rot: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "rot" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The smell of rot filled the air.

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    The fruit had started to rot.

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    The politician's speech was full of rot.

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    Don't listen to his rot, he doesn't know what he's talking about.

rot Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with rot

  • to decay gradually over time


    The old wooden fence had rotted away and needed to be replaced.

  • an expression of extreme anger or hatred towards someone


    After what he did to me, I hope he rots in hell.

  • a situation begins to deteriorate or decline


    Once the rot sets in, it's hard to stop it from spreading.

Origins of rot

from Old English 'rotian', meaning 'to decay'


Summary: rot in Brief

The term 'rot' [rɒt] refers to the process of decay or decomposition, often caused by bacteria and fungi. It can also refer to something that has decayed or decomposed, as well as nonsense or false statements. Examples include 'The fruit had started to rot,' and 'Don't listen to his rot, he doesn't know what he's talking about.' Phrases like 'rot away' and 'the rot sets in' describe gradual decay and decline.

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