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First Known Use of rote. Noun (1) 14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1. Adjective. 1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1. Noun (2) 14th century, in the meaning defined above. Noun (3)
Rote definition, routine; a fixed, habitual, or mechanical course of procedure: the rote of daily living. See more.
rote 1 (rōt) n. 1. A memorizing process using routine or repetition, often without full attention or comprehension: learn by rote. 2. Mechanical routine. [Middle English.] rote adj. rote 2 (rōt) n. The sound of surf breaking on the shore. [Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse rauta, to roar.] rote 3 (rōt) n. A medieval stringed ...
an established and often automatic or monotonous series of actions followed when engaging in some activity learned the rote for the exercise warm-up but not the reasoning behind it
Conon stepte to the kynge and presented his rote with a gladde chere. Slavery taught the Negro to work by rule and rote but not by principle and method.
a fixed, mechanical way of doing something; routine · of or having to do with learning through memorization · by means of memorization; specif., by means of the mechanical repetition of facts as a method of memorizing them: to learn the multiplication table by rote · the sound of the surf beating on the shore
The process of learning or committing something to memory through mechanical repetition, usually by hearing and repeating aloud, often without full attention to comprehension or thought for the meaning. 2009 April 2, Jim Holt, “Got Poetry?”, in New York Times: But memorize them we did, in big painful chunks, by rote repetition. They ...
Some teachers think rote learning is bad for students. They say that if students just use memorization to learn knowledge that they will not have a deeper understanding of how things relate to one another or can be applied.