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route

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noun \ˈrüt, ˈrau̇t\

Definition of route

  1. 1a :  a traveled way :  highway the main route northb :  a means of access :  channel the route to social mobility — T. F. O'Dea

  2. 2 :  a line of travel :  course

  3. 3a :  an established or selected course of travel or actionb :  an assigned territory to be systematically covered a newspaper route

Examples of route in a Sentence

  1. We didn't know what route to take.

  2. an escape route in case of fire

  3. a major bird migratory route

  4. You could take a different route and still arrive at the same conclusion.

  5. Take Route 2 into town.

  6. We live on a rural route.

Recent Examples of route from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of route

Middle English, from Anglo-French rute, from Vulgar Latin *rupta (via), literally, broken way, from Latin rupta, feminine of ruptus, past participle


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route

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Definition of route

routed

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routing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to send by a selected route :  direct was routed along the scenic shore road

  3. 2 :  to divert in a specified direction

Examples of route in a Sentence

  1. Traffic was routed around the accident.

  2. When the doctor is out, his calls are routed to his answering service.

Recent Examples of route from the Web

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First Known Use of route

1832



ROUTE Defined for English Language Learners

route

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Definition of route for English Language Learners

  • : a way to get from one place to another place

  • : a way that someone or something regularly travels along

  • : a way of achieving or doing something

route

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Definition of route for English Language Learners

  • : to send (someone or something) along a particular route


ROUTE Defined for Kids

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route

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noun \ˈrüt, ˈrau̇t\

Definition of route for Students

  1. :  a regular, chosen, or assigned course of travel


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Definition of route for Students

routed

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routing

  1. :  to send or transport by a selected course

Headscratcher for route

Routed and detour are spelled with the same letters and have related meanings. When drivers follow a detour because a street is closed, they are routed through different streets that take them to their destination.


Medical Dictionary

route

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noun \ˈrüt, ˈrau̇t\

Medical Definition of route

  1. :  a method of transmitting a disease or of administering a remedy the airborne route of…infection—M. L. Furcolow



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