\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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Saudi Arabia also lifted travel restrictions on Mr. Khashoggi’s eldest son, Salah, who was en route to the U.S. on Thursday, according to a State Department spokesman. Summer Said, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Says Evidence Points to Premeditated Killing of Khashoggi," 25 Oct. 2018 In the post, Phillips explains that the Comunidad el Oso Ultimate Club was en route from Columbus Wednesday night when the driver stopped the bus and forced the team members off with their luggage. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Colombian ultimate Frisbee players headed to Cincinnati were kicked off Greyhound for speaking Spanish. Greyhound says otherwise.," 13 July 2018 In 2015, Dunlap shot a 65 on The Woodlands Country Club's Tournament Course en route to a ninth-place finish. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "Eagle at No. 1 sparks Scott Dunlap at Insperity Invitational," 4 May 2018 Flight 370 disappeared March 8, 2014, while en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing with 239 people aboard. Bloomberg.com, "No Sign of MH370 Found in New Scan of Indian Ocean Floor," 1 May 2018 Law enforcement officials and her father are reportedly en route from South Carolina Alabama to pick up her. Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com, "Michigan man shot in Harvey Tuesday evening," 14 Feb. 2018 There’s sometimes a tension between election integrity and speed Long lines at poll places, the reconciliation process, traffic en route to election headquarters — all those can slow down the initial vote counting process. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Why it takes so long to get election night results," 6 Nov. 2018 The dogs were en route to the Woofstock Dog Show that was scheduled Thursday in Vallejo. Kathleen Joyce, Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Authorities find stolen van carrying more than a dozen show dogs," 2 Oct. 2018 The Nuggets were already an explosive offensive team, with center Nikola Jokic directing traffic last season en route to the sixth-best offensive rating in the league. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Isaiah Thomas has no choice but to be a sixth man after joining Nuggets on one-year deal," 13 July 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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