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1routine

noun rou·tine \rü-ˈtēn\

: a regular way of doing things in a particular order

: a boring state or situation in which things are always done the same way

: a series of things (such as movements or jokes) that are repeated as part of a performance

Full Definition of ROUTINE

1
a :  a regular course of procedure <if resort to legal action becomes a campus routine — J. A. Perkins>
b :  habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure <the routine of factory work>
2
:  a reiterated speech or formula <the old “After you” routine — Ray Russell>
3
:  a worked-out part (as of an entertainment or sports contest) that may be often repeated <a dance routine>; especially :  a theatrical number
4
:  a sequence of computer instructions for performing a particular task

Examples of ROUTINE

  1. Grandma gets upset if we change her routine.
  2. A brisk walk is part of her morning routine.
  3. The job will be easier once you settle into a routine.
  4. the boring routine of paperwork

Origin of ROUTINE

French, from Middle French, from route traveled way
First Known Use: 1676

Other Dance Terms

attitude, honor, saltatory, sashay, taw

2routine

adjective rou·tine \rü-ˈtēn, ˈrü-ˌ\

: done very often

: done or happening as a normal part of a job, situation, or process

: easily done according to a set way or method

Full Definition of ROUTINE

1
:  of a commonplace or repetitious character :  ordinary <routine problems>
2
:  of, relating to, or being in accordance with established procedure <routine business>
rou·tine·ly adverb

Examples of ROUTINE

  1. The surgery has become a very routine operation and poses little danger.
  2. He criticized her routine absence from important meetings.
  3. The more you do it, the more routine it becomes.
  4. They hire high-school students for routine work such as filing.
  5. Data entry becomes routine very quickly.

First Known Use of ROUTINE

1817
ROUTINE Defined for Kids

1routine

noun rou·tine \rü-ˈtēn\

Definition of ROUTINE for Kids

1
:  a usual order and way of doing something <Taking a shower is part of my morning routine.>
2
:  a series of things that are repeated as part of a performance <a dance routine>

2routine

adjective

Definition of ROUTINE for Kids

1
:  done very often <routine surgery>
2
:  done or happening in a standard or usual way <He went to the doctor for a routine checkup.>
rou·tine·ly adverb

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