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Topic: EDUCATION

Date: 1200-1300
Origin: Perhaps from Latin rota ( ROTATE) or from Old French route ( ROUTE1)

rote

noun
     
rote [uncountable]
formalSE when you learn something by repeating it many times, without thinking about it carefully or without understanding it:
In old-fashioned schools, much learning was by rote.
the rote learning of facts
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