Rot - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɑːt|  American pronunciation of the word rot
Brit.  |rɒt|  British pronunciation of the word rot


- a state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor (syn: putrefaction)
- (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action (syn: breakdown, decomposition, putrefaction, rotting)
- unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements) (syn: buncombe, bunk, bunkum, guff, hogwash)


- break down (syn: decompose, molder, moulder)
- become physically weaker (syn: waste)


The wood had rotted away.

The apples were left to rot.

Eating too much candy can rot your teeth.

They found a lot of rot in the house's roof.

That's a lot of rot!

We have dry rot instead of the floor.

The rot set in.

His speech was all rot.

A fallen tree soon rots.

The soil in the forest is rich with dead leaves and branches that have been rotting away for centuries.

His teeth had rotted away.

The lower branches of the bush began to rot off.

Oil and grease will rot the rubber of your tyres.

That might rot it all up at any moment.

Candy will rot your teeth.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: rot
he/she/it: rots
present participle: rotting
past tense: rotted
past participle: rotted
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