rout

[raut]

rout Definition

  • 1a disorderly retreat of defeated troops
  • 2a decisive defeat
  • 3a disorderly or tumultuous crowd of people
  • 4to defeat and cause to retreat in disorder
  • 5to dig up (roots) with the snout

Using rout: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "rout" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The army was in full rout.

  • Example

    The team suffered a humiliating rout in the championship game.

  • Example

    The protesters were dispersed by a police rout.

  • Example

    The pigs were routing around in the mud.

rout Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for rout

Antonyms for rout

Phrases with rout

  • to force someone to leave a place or hiding place

    Example

    The police finally routed out the criminal from his hideout.

  • an experience that is necessary for personal growth or development

    Example

    Living alone for the first time can be a difficult but important rout of passage for many young adults.

  • to solve a problem completely

    Example

    The new software has helped us rout the problem of slow internet speeds.

Origins of rout

from Middle English 'route', meaning 'a band of soldiers', from Old French 'route', meaning 'road, troop'

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Summary: rout in Brief

The term 'rout' [raut] refers to a disorderly retreat of defeated troops or a decisive defeat. It can also describe a disorderly or tumultuous crowd of people. As a verb, it means to defeat and cause to retreat in disorder or to dig up roots with the snout. Examples include 'The army was in full rout,' and 'The pigs were routing around in the mud.' Phrases like 'rout out' mean to force someone to leave a place or hiding place, while 'rout of passage' describes an experience that is necessary for personal growth or development.