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 According to the New York Times, Wenger will opt for neither of those routes after instead agreeing to become FIFA's technical director. SI.com, "Details of Arsene Wenger's New Role at FIFA are Revealed Ahead of Official Announcement," 12 Sep. 2019 First known as Dixie Highway, the thoroughfare wound its way through Seminole County on its route between Jacksonville and Tampa. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Casselberry, popular with mom-and-pop motels before I-4 and Disney, looks at regulations to attract new hotels," 12 Sep. 2019 Main Street’ style neighborhoods supported by a strong urban growth boundary and one of the nation’s largest networks of bike routes. oregonlive, "E-scooters, e-bikes have ‘universal potential’ to reduce car trips, especially in Portland," 10 Sep. 2019 While sizable for the San Antonio airport, that’s still less than half of the capacity of the American Airlines route from San Antonio to its hub at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "Viva Las Vegas: four airlines now compete to take you to Sin City," 10 Sep. 2019 With West Coast roots, the Lions offense will feature plenty of short and intermediate routes designed to loosen up defenses downfield. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Scouting the Detroit Lions' offense: Here's what we're expecting in 2019," 4 Sep. 2019 The second day was action-packed, covering the Golden Circle—one of the most popular routes that take visitors from geysers to craters. Judy Koutsky, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Disney Trip to Iceland Had All the Best Parts of Disney, and None of the Theme Parks," 2 Sep. 2019 Alaska Airlines' top ranking is due to similar metrics, including its vast array of flight routes to popular destinations. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "These are the best travel rewards programs for airlines and hotels, according to U.S. News," 6 Aug. 2019 These are the first of many cases, including lawsuits by Amtrak conductor Garrick Freeman, who was familiarizing himself with the new route, and longtime Amtrak passenger Rudolf Wetzel. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Jury awards $17 million to 3 plaintiffs in deadly Amtrak derailment," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So Cerebras had to build in redundant circuits, to route around defects in order to still deliver 400,000 working cores, like a miniature internet that keeps going when individual server computers go down. Fortune, "Seeking Big A.I. Advances, a Startup Turns to a Huge Computer Chip," 19 Aug. 2019 One is defects: every wafer has some, so Mr Feldman’s team had to find a way to route around faulty cores. The Economist, "Will the world’s biggest AI chip find buyers?," 19 Aug. 2019 Without this internal synchronization, the nodes' capacity to route and transmit data failed. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "How malformed packets caused CenturyLink’s 37-hour, nationwide outage," 19 Aug. 2019 So far only about a quarter of the proceeds have been put to use because of delays with contractors, plus the need to route the insurance money through a mortgage firm and abide by its inspection procedures. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "As Hurricane Season Arrives, U.S. Homeowners Haven’t Fixed Their Big Underinsurance Problem," 18 July 2018 For example, Team NCTU created a mesh network where nodes are placed as closely as possible to cooperate efficiently and route data to the controller outside the mine, team member Chen-Lung Lu told Popular Mechanics. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A Cave Is No Place for Humans, So DARPA Is Sending In the Robots," 23 Aug. 2019 As urban areas became more populated, tunnels were used to route trains under cities. Kevin Leonard, baltimoresun.com, "The dream of electric trains has origins in Laurel," 6 Sep. 2019 In a modern twist on an age-old practice from the yellow cab industry, many drivers like Ms. Blandy are employing a practice known as longhauling—taking an unnecessarily longer route to a destination in order to drive up a fare. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Uber Drivers Take Riders the Long Way—at Uber’s Expense," 13 Aug. 2018 According to state disciplinary records, the licensed nurse practitioner was addicted to opioids herself and had arranged for the patient to route the pills back to her. oregonlive.com, "Oregon pharmacists sold millions of opioid pills, say they felt powerless to say no," 16 Aug. 2019

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

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route

noun
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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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