\äⁿ(n)-ˈrüt, en-, in-, -ˈrau̇t \

Definition of en route 

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

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The Consulate General of India, which has offices in Chicago, tweeted Saturday that officers are en route to Kansas City and are communicating with Koppu's family. Max Londberg And Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Slain UMKC student from India shot in back fleeing from restaurant robber, worker says," 7 July 2018 Protections for cyclists New protections for cyclists and pedestrians could be en route via a new bill that passed the state Senate this week. Matt Stout And Jamie Halper, BostonGlobe.com, "Lawmakers move on raising tobacco age, IDs for homeless," 29 June 2018 The other names included in Sporting's wantaways arrive as Rui Patricio (who has already been confirmed as a Wolves player), William Carvalho (believed to be en route to Inter) and Bas Dost. SI.com, "'Brilliant Prospect': Don Hutchison Claims He Told West Ham to Sign Highly Rated Everton Target," 19 June 2018 All three ships are en route to Valencia, Spain -- a roughly 800-mile journey that is likely to encounter bad weather, according to Jana Ciernioch, spokeswoman from SOS Méditerranée. Saskya Vandoorne, CNN, "Migrant ship Aquarius reveals a fractured Europe," 13 June 2018 Sherman was en route to a holiday for the Experimental Aircraft Association at Schaumburg Regional Airport. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Plane was upside down before crash that killed suburban activist Rob Sherman, safety board says," 23 May 2018 Getty Images Meghan Markle is en route to her wedding! Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Here's a First Look at Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress," 19 May 2018 Homeland Security and Secret Service agents are on the scene, and the FBI is en route, Perez said. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "Police wound man firing gun inside Trump Doral Miami hotel and 'yelling' about president," 18 May 2018 In the tradition of Lady Diana and Kate Middleton, Ms. Markle, already a tabloid staple, is en route to becoming a style icon. Michelle Ruiz, WSJ, "The Guilty Pleasure of Copying Meghan Markle’s Style," 8 May 2018

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1779, in the meaning defined above

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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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a state of commotion or excitement

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