v. plun·dered, plun·der·ing, plun·ders
1. To rob of goods by force, especially in time of war; pillage: plunder a village.
2. To seize wrongfully or by force; steal: plundered the supplies.
To take booty; rob.
1. The act or practice of plundering.
2. Property stolen by fraud or force; booty.
[German plündern, from Middle High German plundern, from Middle Low German plunder, household goods.]
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