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mechanical or habitual repetition: Try to learn your multiplication table by rote.
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wrote – past tense of write: I wrote a letter to you.
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1. A memorizing process using routine or repetition, often without full attention or comprehension: learn by rote.
2. Mechanical routine.
The sound of surf breaking on the shore.
[Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse rauta, to roar.]
A medieval stringed instrument variably identified with a lyre, lute, or harp.
[Middle English, from Old French, probably of Germanic origin.]
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1. a habitual or mechanical routine or procedure
2. by rote by repetition; by heart (often in the phrase learn by rote)
[C14: origin unknown]
(Instruments) an ancient violin-like musical instrument; crwth
[C13: from Old French rote, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German rotta, Middle Dutch rotte]
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routine; a fixed, habitual, or mechanical course of procedure.Idioms:
by rote, from memory, without thought of the meaning; in a mechanical way: to learn a language by rote.
[1275–1325; Middle English; of obscure orig.]
[1350–1400; Middle English < Old French < Frankish *hrota (compare Old High German hruozza); akin to crowd2]
the sound of the surf.
[1600–10; perhaps < Old Norse rauta roar]
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