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rut [or] raUt
parts of speech:
noun, verb
Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a particular way of getting from one place to another; course.
The bus travels a different route now than it used to.
course, path, road, way
definition 2: a specific highway.
They took route 80 all the way from Chicago to New York.
similar words:
definition 3: the usual path and series of stops that are made by a person who is selling or delivering something to customers in different places.
The house with the big dog is the scariest stop on the mail carrier's route.
beat, circuit, round
part of speech: verb
inflections: routes, routing, routed
definition: to send or direct by a certain route.
The company routed our package through Dallas, so it arrived late.
similar words:
chart, direct, dispatch
Homophone Note
Some people say route and root (a part of a plant) in exactly the same way. Others say route so that it sounds just like rout (to drive out). Whichever way you say it, remember how it's spelled.