en route

adverb or adjective
\ än-ˈrüt How to pronounce en route (audio) , äⁿ(n)-ˈrüt How to pronounce en route (audio) , en-, in-, -ˈrau̇t How to pronounce en route (audio) \

Definition of en route

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

Examples of en route in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Multiple fire departments were en route to the 5500 block of Simmons Road when the firefighter saved the resident. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "St. Ignace firefighter races to save neighbor from burning home before crews arrive," 28 Nov. 2020 The Ducks won last year’s game 24-10 en route to the Pac-12 championship game and the Rose Bowl. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "No. 15 Oregon-Oregon State live stream (11/27): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 27 Nov. 2020 Three arrests were in Louisville and two more suspects were nabbed en route to the Derby City. Beth Warren And Karol Suarez, The Courier-Journal, "El Mencho investigation: A year of mysterious deaths, a viral video and surprising arrests," 26 Nov. 2020 His performance in the 1986 World Cup, scoring five goals in seven matches en route to Argentina’s second championship, cemented his status as legend. Liz Clarke, Washington Post, "Diego Maradona, inscrutable soccer star and Argentine legend, dies at 60," 25 Nov. 2020 The three are en route to Ethiopia for talks with the government, said Ebba Kalondo, a spokeswoman for AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki. Bloomberg.com, "UN Fears Potential of Civilian Casualties in Ethiopia," 25 Nov. 2020 For those of you who have hopped on the Cyber Week express, buckle up for another wild-shopping ride towards the next unmissable fashion promo en route to this week's main event: & Other Stories' Black Friday Sale. Amanda Randone, refinery29.com, "& Other Stories Is Offering 25% Off Sitewide Starting NOW," 24 Nov. 2020 While recent studies have suggested that, with proper precautions, air travel is safer than going to your grocery store, road trips allow you more control over minimizing contact with strangers en route. Heather Greenwood Davis, National Geographic, "10 ways families can minimize holiday travel risk," 23 Nov. 2020 Hurricane Laura also killed nearly two dozen people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic en route to the U.S. Gulf Coast. Star Tribune, "'A time to pick up:' Hurricane-hurt Louisiana begins cleanup," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of en route

1779, in the meaning defined above

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2 Dec 2020

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“En route.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/en%20route. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of en route

: on or along the way when you are going to a place

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Kids Definition of en route

: on or along the way I finished my homework en route to school.

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