V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) 1. a noisy and disorderly crowd; 2. a decisive defeat; (v.) 1. to defeat decisively; 2. to cause to flee or retreat; 3. to dig up; 4. to make a groove in something

Synonyms: (n.) crowd, defeat, debacle, smearing, thrashing, (v.) beat, clobber, crush, retreat, dig

Antonyms: (v.) triumph, win, bury

Tips: Rout is derived from the Middle French route, which means "fleeing troops." Rout has come to mean defeat, but as a verb, it also means "to dig" or "put a groove into something." A rout can also be a noisy crowd; think, rowdy.

Usage Examples:

The police had a difficult time containing the rout at the concert this weekend. (rowdy crowd) noun

The troops were expecting an easy rout, but they received a long and difficult war. (defeat) noun

It was more than just a win; it was a rout. (thrashing, debacle) noun

The pig routed out truffles deep in the forest soil. (dug) verb

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