Part of speech: noun

Repetition of words as a means of learning them, with slight attention to the sense.

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Usage examples "rote":

  1. He spoke in a slow voice, as if he had got his explanation by rote. - "The Story of Louie", Oliver Onions.
  2. But for us the lesson is still remote, Although we commit it and cite it and quote It by rote. - "Impertinent Poems", Edmund Vance Cooke.
  3. They were on a back seat in the long courtroom,- Squint Rodaine and his son, chalkier, yet blacker than ever, while between them sat an old woman with white hair which straggled about her cheeks, a woman with deep- set eyes, whose hands wandered now and then vaguely before her; a wrinkled woman, fidgeting about on her seat, watching with craned neck those who stuffed their way within the already crammed room, her eyes never still, her lips moving constantly, as though mumbling some never- ending rote. - "The Cross-Cut", Courtney Ryley Cooper.