route

noun
\ ˈrüt How to pronounce route (audio) , ˈrau̇t How to pronounce route (audio) \

Definition of route

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
3a : an established or selected course of travel or action
b : an assigned territory to be systematically covered a newspaper route

route

verb
routed; routing

Definition of route (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to send by a selected route : direct was routed along the scenic shore road
2 : to divert in a specified direction

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Guess had to take the harder route to improve Watson Chapel’s financial footing. Arkansas Online, "Guess leaving district, but influence still seen," 18 Jan. 2021 His home has been a fixture on the route since 1998. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Residents along the closed MLK March route still celebrate civil rights leader’s dream during pandemic," 18 Jan. 2021 Other community groups are also heading the pop-up route, and not waiting for counties or medical systems. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Two Bay Area community clinics cut through red tape to speed vaccines for seniors," 17 Jan. 2021 The result of our abandoning majority rule, one of the fundamentals of democracy, and going the Electoral College route has been a disaster for the country. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: America at the transition, overpopulation," 16 Jan. 2021 Businesses in the route's path are likely to suffer financial losses while road disruptions would create significant delays to commuters. Washington Post, "Federal review of Baltimore-Washington high-speed maglev project moves ahead," 15 Jan. 2021 Annually, the race features a lineup of Birmingham-area drumline musicians who perform along the race route to motivate runners and walkers. al, "Weekend celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day focuses on virtual events," 15 Jan. 2021 Traffic-clogged and noisy, most leave it to tourists to shop in the high-end boutiques that line the 1.2-mile route running to the Arc de Triomphe. James Hookway, WSJ, "Paris to Revamp Traffic-Clogged Champs-Élysées as a City Garden," 15 Jan. 2021 Through hand gestures and voice control, passengers can change the lighting and release scents throughout the cabin, and the driving route appears to be set through a touchscreen. Gear Team, Wired, "CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future," 14 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The internet’s decentralized structure lets companies route around damage to other parts of the network. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Nashville Bombing Suspect Anthony Warner Died in Explosion, Police Say," 27 Dec. 2020 In the video, the dual electric motors are working hard to route power to every tire, and the driver looks to be pulling all possible power. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Watch the Electric Ford F-150 Drift and Do Donuts in the Snow," 25 Dec. 2020 The alternate care sites will be managed by the COVIDComm system, which was activated last week to route covid patients to hospitals with available beds or acute care, Hutchinson said. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, "Cases up; state gears for post-holiday surge," 23 Dec. 2020 Many teams are tweaking the structure of lipid nanoparticles or adorning them with molecules that route them to a certain organ or cell type. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Messenger RNA gave us a COVID-19 vaccine. Will it treat diseases, too?," 16 Dec. 2020 Australia’s Department of Human Services is using digital assistants to route citizen calls in order to respond to citizen needs more efficiently. Satya Nadella, Wired, "Want a More Equitable Future? Empower Citizen Developers," 9 Dec. 2020 Vick received a $400,000 lump-sum payment in exchange for agreeing to route up to three years of future earnings — from the coaching and TV analyst gigs — to NV Partners, according to Montgomery County Circuit Court records. Washington Post, "Michael Vick agrees to chip away at a nearly $2 million judgment stemming from an unusual financial deal," 27 Nov. 2020 Food delivery platforms then provide the software to help route orders to customers. Giles Turner, Bloomberg.com, "Oaktree, Reef Technology Launch $300 Million Property Fund," 2 Nov. 2020 Trainer Simon Callaghan is 44% going from sprint to route to sprint like Saturday’s race. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Breeders’ Cup big day is here," 7 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of route

Noun

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

Verb

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for route

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

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Time Traveler for route

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Route.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/route. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for route

route

noun
How to pronounce route (audio) How to pronounce route (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of route

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of route (Entry 2 of 2)

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

route

noun
\ ˈrüt How to pronounce route (audio) , ˈrau̇t \

Kids Definition of route

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a regular, chosen, or assigned course of travel

route

verb
routed; routing

Kids Definition of route (Entry 2 of 2)

: to send or transport by a selected course

route

noun
\ ˈrüt How to pronounce route (audio) , ˈrau̇t How to pronounce route (audio) \

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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