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1route

noun \ˈrüt, ˈrat\

: a way to get from one place to another place

: a way that someone or something regularly travels along

: a way of achieving or doing something

Full Definition of ROUTE

1
a :  a traveled way :  highway <the main route north>
b :  a means of access :  channel <the route to social mobility — T. F. O'Dea>
2
:  a line of travel :  course
3
a :  an established or selected course of travel or action
b :  an assigned territory to be systematically covered <a newspaper route>
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Examples of ROUTE

  1. We didn't know what route to take.
  2. an escape route in case of fire
  3. a major bird migratory route
  4. You could take a different route and still arrive at the same conclusion.
  5. Take Route 2 into town.
  6. We live on a rural route.

Origin of ROUTE

Middle English, from Anglo-French rute, from Vulgar Latin *rupta (via), literally, broken way, from Latin rupta, feminine of ruptus, past participle
First Known Use: 13th century

2route

verb

: to send (someone or something) along a particular route

rout·edrout·ing

Full Definition of ROUTE

transitive verb
1
:  to send by a selected route :  direct <was routed along the scenic shore road>
2
:  to divert in a specified direction

Examples of ROUTE

  1. Traffic was routed around the accident.
  2. When the doctor is out, his calls are routed to his answering service.

First Known Use of ROUTE

1832
ROUTES Defined for Kids

1route

noun \ˈrüt, ˈrat\

Definition of ROUTE for Kids

:  a regular, chosen, or assigned course of travel

2route

verb
rout·edrout·ing

Definition of ROUTE for Kids

:  to send or transport by a selected course

Headscratcher for ROUTE

Routed and detour are spelled with the same letters and have related meanings. When drivers follow a detour because a street is closed, they are routed through different streets that take them to their destination.
Medical Dictionary

route

noun \ˈrüt, ˈrat\

Medical Definition of ROUTE

:  a method of transmitting a disease or of administering a remedy <the airborne route of…infection—M. L. Furcolow>

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