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rout 1 (rout) n. 1. a. A disorderly retreat or flight following defeat. b. An overwhelming defeat. 2. a. A disorderly crowd of people; a mob. b. People of the lowest class; rabble. 3. A public disturbance; a riot. 4.
A company, as of knights or wolves, that are in movement. See Synonyms at
5. A fashionable gathering. tr.v. rout·ed
routs 1. To put to disorderly flight or retreat: the flock of starlings which Jasper had routed with his gun (Virginia Woolf). 2.
To defeat overwhelmingly. See Synonyms at
route, from Old French, troop, defeat, from Vulgar Latin *rupta, from feminine of Latin ruptus, past participle of rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]
rout 2 (rout) v. rout·ed, rout·ing, routs v. intr. 1. To dig with the snout; root. 2. To poke around; rummage. v. tr. 1. To expose to view as if by digging; uncover. 2. To hollow, scoop, or gouge out. 3. To drive or force out as if by digging; eject: rout out an informant. 4. Archaic To dig up with the snout.
rout 3 (rout, r t) intr.v. rout·ed
routs Chiefly British
To bellow. Used of cattle.
routen, to roar, from Old Norse rauta.] rout / r a t / v. [T] 1 to force s.o. to run away: Our army routed the enemy into running for their lives. 2 (in sports) to defeat another team badly: Our team routed the competition. n. 1 an instance of forcing s.o. to leave or run away: We drove the enemy into a rout. 2 (in sports) a strong or large defeat
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