route

1 of 2

noun

1
a
: a traveled way : highway
the main route north
b
: a means of access : channel
the route to social mobilityT. 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

route

2 of 2

verb

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

Noun We didn't know what route to take. an escape route in case of fire a major bird migratory route You could take a different route and still arrive at the same conclusion. Take Route 2 into town. We live on a rural route. Verb Traffic was routed around the accident. When the doctor is out, his calls are routed to his answering service.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
That means some cities on the edge of the route that were expecting to experience a second or two of total darkness might be left out. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 6 Apr. 2024 In these situations, planning is king, which means having a pre-planned route to the final destination in order to avoid traffic snarls, McGlaun suggested. Vanessa Romo, NPR, 6 Apr. 2024 Also on the to-do list: improving how the KU receivers run routes when the quarterback might be on the move. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 5 Apr. 2024 This will be an addition to routes for Thursdays and Sundays beginning in early May at the airport in Cabarrus County, just northeast of Charlotte. Chase Jordan, Charlotte Observer, 4 Apr. 2024 The announcement of additional aid routes hours later met some but not all of Mr. Biden’s demands. Peter Baker, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 The new flight route begins next month on May 3 just in time for Memorial Day holiday weekend and the summer travel season. Michael Cappetta, Travel + Leisure, 4 Apr. 2024 The turtle experts picked Jekyll Island, Georgia, as the release location because ocean waters at any point north are not yet warm enough for the turtles and that is likely where these turtles would be in their migration route, Overmeyer said. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 4 Apr. 2024 And of course, there's always the risk that weather could cause route changes or delays. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Mar. 2024
Verb
Wang said Chan wanted to hide the payments to Kuk, recommending at one point that they be routed through Kuk’s mother, possibly by labeling them as housecleaning services. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2024 Today over 90% of prescriptions now are routed electronically between doctors and pharmacies via its national e-prescribing platform. Seth Joseph, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The hiker used his phone’s SOS feature to reach out to satellites that then routed the call through Douglas County Sheriff’s Office dispatch, which reached out to search and rescue, Arnett told 9News. Brooke Baitinger, Idaho Statesman, 26 Mar. 2024 That article found that the company resisted calls to rein in fraud and skimped on employee training as more than $1 billion in consumer fraud losses were routed through Walmart’s financial systems over the past decade. Craig Silverman, ProPublica, 11 Mar. 2024 McCain’s campaign routed the money to the institute even as the Republican National Committee, a potential recipient, had about $11 million in debt and as then-nominee Mitt Romney challenged President Barack Obama. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, 27 Mar. 2024 The men in pink were routed 4-0 on a frigid, rainy afternoon. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 23 Mar. 2024 If a person is reported as being a danger to themselves or others, that call is usually routed to police before the fire department, Schieck said. Cody Copeland, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Mar. 2024 For instance, someone based in Los Angeles who has a cell phone number with a New York area code would be routed to a crisis call center in New York. Mira Cheng, CNN, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Verb

derivative of route entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of route was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Route.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/route. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

route

1 of 2 noun
1
: road sense 2a, highway
U.S. Route 66
2
: a course of action toward a goal
the best route to peace
3
a
: an established, selected, or assigned course of travel
explorers looking for a new route to the Indies
air routes to Europe
b
: a territory to be gone over regularly
a newspaper route

route

2 of 2 verb
routed; routing
: to send or transport by a certain route
route heavy traffic around the city

Medical Definition

route

noun
: a method of transmitting a disease or of administering a remedy
the airborne route of … infectionM. L. Furcolow

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