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rout 1  (rout)
a. A disorderly retreat or flight following defeat.
b. An overwhelming defeat.
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 flock1.
5. A fashionable gathering.
tr.v. rout·ed, rout·ing, 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 defeat.

[Middle English 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
1. To dig with the snout; root.
2. To poke around; rummage.
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.

[Variant of root.]

rout 3  (rout, rt)
intr.v. rout·ed, rout·ing, routs Chiefly British
To bellow. Used of cattle.

[Middle English routen, to roar, from Old Norse rauta.]

rout  /rat/  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 rout

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