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rout

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noun \ˈrau̇t\

Definition of rout

  1. 1 :  a crowd of people; specifically :  rabble 2b

  2. 2a :  disturbanceb archaic :  fuss

  3. 3 :  a fashionable gathering

Origin and Etymology of rout

Middle English route band, company of soldiers, crowd, from Anglo-French rute band, from Vulgar Latin *rupta, from Latin, feminine of ruptus, past participle of rumpere to break — more at reave


First Known Use: 13th century


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rout

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verb \ˈrōt, ˈrüt\

Definition of rout

dialectal, chiefly British

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to low loudly :  bellow —used of cattle

Origin and Etymology of rout

Middle English rowten, from Old Norse rauta; akin to Old English rēotan to weep, Latin rudere to roar


First Known Use: 14th century


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rout

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verb \ˈrau̇t\

Definition of rout

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to poke around with the snout :  root pigs routing in the earth

  3. 2 :  to search haphazardly

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1a archaic :  to dig up with the snoutb :  to gouge out or make a furrow in (something, such as wood or metal)

  6. 2a :  to force out as if by digging —usually used with outb :  to cause to emerge especially from bed

  7. 3 :  to come up with :  uncover scouts … routing out new talent — Carrie Donovan

Origin and Etymology of rout

alteration of 3root


First Known Use: circa 1564


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rout

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noun \ˈrau̇t\

Definition of rout

  1. 1 :  a state of wild confusion or disorderly retreat

  2. 2a :  a disastrous defeat :  debacleb :  a precipitate flight

Origin and Etymology of rout

Medieval French route defeat, perhaps from mettre en route to set going, put into motion


First Known Use: 1595


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rout

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verb \ˈrau̇t\

Definition of rout

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to disorganize completely :  demoralizeb :  to put to precipitate flightc :  to defeat decisively or disastrously the discomfiture of seeing their party routed at the polls — A. N. Holcombe

  3. 2 :  to drive out :  dispel

Circa 1600

First Known Use of rout

circa 1600



ROUT Defined for Kids

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rout

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verb \ˈrau̇t\

Definition of rout for Students

routed

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routing

  1. 1 :  to cause to run away Flood routed people from their homes.

  2. 2 :  to defeat completely


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rout

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noun

Definition of rout for Students

  1. 1 :  an easy or lopsided defeat We lost 44-0—it was a rout.

  2. 2 :  wild confusion or disorderly retreat



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