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route

noun \ ˈrüt , ˈrau̇t \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of route

1 a :a traveled way :highway
  • the main route north
b :a means of access :channel
  • the route to social mobility
  • —T. F. O'Dea
2 :a line of travel :course
3 a :an established or selected course of travel or action
b :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.

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Origin and Etymology of route

Middle English rute, route, borrowed from Anglo-French rute, going back to Vulgar Latin *rupta (short for *rupta via, literally, "broken way, forced passage," after Latin viam rumpere "to force a passage"), from feminine of ruptus, past participle of rumpere "to break, burst," going back to Indo-European *ru-n-p-, nasal present formation from the base *reu̯p- "break, tear" — more at reave


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route

verb

Definition of route

routed; routing
transitive verb
1 :to send by a selected route :direct
  • was routed along the scenic shore road
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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Origin and Etymology of route

derivative of 1route

route Synonyms

Synonyms
conduct, direct, guide, marshal (also marshall), pilot, lead, show, steer, usher
Antonyms
follow, trail
Related Words
precede; accompany, attend, chaperone (or chaperon), convoy, escort, see; control, manage
Near Antonyms
dog, hound, shadow, tail, tailgate


ROUTE Defined for English Language Learners

route

noun

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

verb

Definition of route for English Language Learners

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


ROUTE Defined for Kids

1

route

noun \ ˈrüt , ˈrau̇t \

Definition of route for Students

:a regular, chosen, or assigned course of travel

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route

verb

Definition of route for Students

routed; routing
: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

noun \ ˈrüt , ˈrau̇t \

medical Definition of route

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


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