Rout vs Route: Definitions, Correct Usage & Pronunciation with Examples

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Rout vs Route: Definitions, Correct Usage & Pronunciation with Examples

Let us first look at the definitions of these words with examples showing correct usage. We shall begin with rout…


As a noun means ‘overwhelming, crushing, severe defeat’, as in:

  • The rout of the opposing army was the talk of the town.
  • Crushing the rebels was a great victorious rout for the king.
  • The competition quickly turned into a rout.

Rout also means ‘a noisy and disorganised group of people’; a throng.

As a verb, it means the following:

to poke around with the snout; root (intransitive)

  • The pigs were routing in the earth.
  • The scavengers routed for junks in the dunghill.
  • The pig was routing for truffles.

In the transitive senses, it means to:

search haphazardly; dig up with the snout; gouge out or make a furrow in (as wood or metal); force out as if by digging (usually used with ‘out’); to cause to emerge especially from bed; to come up with, uncover.

  • Their team routed ours last time.
  • They routed the fighters from their caves.
  • They routed him out of bed at midnight.

Rout Pronunciation

Rout is pronounced /raʊt/ and it rhymes with words like ‘shout’, ‘tout’, ‘out’, etc. Do not confuse it with route. They do not sound alike. When you think of pronouncing rout, just remember words that rhyme with it as suggested above.

Rout Synonyms

Some synonyms for rout include the following:

beat back, overpower, overwhelm, beat, defeat, overthrow, crush, trounce, thrash, etc.


As a noun, Route refers to ‘a way of getting somewhere’, a course; that is, a sequence of roads or paths that someone takes, or places someone passes through, in traveling from one place to another. It also means a plan of these or a progression. See these examples:

  • We should take the quickest route.
  • The scenic route of the countryside is amazing.
  • My career might have taken an entirely different route.
  • Their store wasn’t on my usual route.

Route can also be a verb meaning ‘to arrange a route for, to send by a certain route’, as in:

  • They plan to route the visitors along the banks of the river.
  • We routed all phones calls through his office as he demanded.
  • She routed the letter to the Governor through his Personal Assistant.

Route Pronunciation

Many people do not know how to pronounce route. The pronunciation is /ruːt/ and it perfectly rhymes with the word ‘root’, ‘brute’, ‘foot’, ‘soot’, etc. The word route and root are homophones (words with the same pronunciation but with different meanings and sometimes spellings, as you have in ‘fair’ and ‘fare’). (See Homophones).

En route

This is a word that has French origin and the pronunciation is /ɑ:nˈruːt/ which sounds like saying ‘on root’; though sometimes in the American pronunciation, there is a little difference in the pronunciation which sounds like saying ‘en route’ removing any French flavour in the pronunciation. But generally, it sounds like saying ‘on root’.

En route is an adverb that simply means ‘on the way’; that is during or in the course of a trip to a destination.

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