re·​route (ˌ)rē-ˈrüt How to pronounce reroute (audio)
rerouted; rerouting

transitive verb

transitive : to send or direct (something) on or along a different route
rerouting flights/traffic
Bypassing roads, of course, was a prime consideration in rerouting the trail …Paul Dunphy
automatically reroutes incoming calls
intransitive : to switch to a different route
The storm forced planes/ships to reroute.

Examples of reroute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Students were rerouted to nearby Corona Avenue Elementary School, where teachers and support staff met with them for their school day. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Rumors that the cruise would be rerouted, or even end early, began to spread among passengers in January amid military action and reports of piracy near the Red Sea and Suez Canal. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 With these findings, the trajectory of ancient human tool making has effectively been rerouted; multiple stages of change, not a single ‘revolution,’ may have defined the innovations that humans set in motion thousands of years ago. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 To transit between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean or parts of the Pacific, major shipping firms—including Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company—have rerouted their vessels around the African coast, a much longer route that increases voyage costs and delays deliveries. Noam Raydan, Foreign Affairs, 6 Feb. 2024 Levin also has backed projects such as rerouting the train tracks off the eroding bluffs in Del Mar, and sand replenishment to protect the railroad along the beach in San Clemente. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Jan. 2024 Shipping lanes Because of recent attacks in the Red Sea by Houthi militants, ships that normally use the Suez Canal are being rerouted around Africa’s southern tip for now. Evan Halper, Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2024 Second, supply chains are being rerouted, which is leading to longer transit times for goods worldwide. Will Daniel, Fortune, 13 Jan. 2024 Portions of the famous roughly 1,000-mile Iditarod race have been rerouted. Talia Barrington, The Atlantic, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reroute was in 1869

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“Reroute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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