en route

adverb or adjective

: on or along the way
he reads en route
arrived early despite en route delays

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Created by Puy du Fou, which operates historical theme parks, the service will run two-day trips from Paris to Reims and Beaune, as well as a six-day loop through Provence, Saint-Émilion, and the Loire Valley, stopping to visit châteaux en route. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 23 Apr. 2023 Four units are en route, but PERT isn’t available. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2023 Portland Fire & Rescue river boats, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office dive team and the Coast Guard were all en route to the scene when the woman was rescued by firefighters at 11:36 a.m. Savannaheadens, oregonlive, 6 Apr. 2023 Director Hub Harvey said NTSB investigators are en route to the scene, with more investigators to arrive Monday morning. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 2 Apr. 2023 The bus was en route to a school. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 24 Mar. 2023 The department’s crisis-intervention team was en route to the incident location but didn’t arrive before the shooting occurred, according to police. Lana Ferguson, Dallas News, 23 Mar. 2023 In October, that train was en route to Cleveland when dispatchers told the crew to stop it, said Clyde Whitaker, Ohio state legislative director for the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, or SMART. Topher Sanders, ProPublica, 23 Feb. 2023 Radio waves that strike objects in their path will be reflected back, giving defenders warning that intruders are en route. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 24 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of en route was in 1779

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“En route.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/en%20route. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

en route

: on or along the way

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