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

The worshippers approach the hallowed mountain cave, the Amarnath shrine, through two routes, a traditional one via the southern hill resort of Pahalgam and a shorter one through northeastern Baltal. Washington Post, "Hindu pilgrimage begins amid high security in Kashmir," 2 July 2019 The Gepetto takes a sweet and pungent route, pairing Pilato’s boozy house sausage with caramelized onions and blue cheese. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 To find out about the new routes, the app and other changes, click on the city’s transit website. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al.com, "Huntsville bus changes start today with new stops, hours, mobile app," 1 July 2019 Access to the big picture could help shippers find more fuel-efficient routes, which in turn could make an enormous impact on global emissions and freight pricing. John Konrad, BostonGlobe.com, "The next global tech disruption will happen where few expect it," 28 June 2019 Disabled amphibious vehicles blocked the invasion route, slowing things down even further. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Remains of 30 Service Members Killed in WWII Unearthed at Tarawa," 28 June 2019 This is little more than a ramshackle succession of scenes that take an unimaginative surface route, never digging too deep. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland.com, "‘Loudest Voice’ fails with rise and fall of Roger Ailes," 28 June 2019 Instead, he’s chosen the tougher route, following the imperatives of his interests and imagination to produce singular work. Mitchell S. Jackson, Time, "'I Carry It Within Me.' Novelist Colson Whitehead Reminds Us How America's Racist History Lives On," 27 June 2019 Also, living in Silverthorne provides a short route to seven world-class ski resorts: Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland. Kelli Williams, The Denver Post, "Live in the heart of Silverthorne along the banks of the Blue River at the new River West development," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to the Loop's website, planners are discussing how the Loop will route through the Knobs region. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "'It will be a wedding ring for our city': Everything to know about the Louisville Loop," 28 June 2019 Objects like kites and balloons can create potential to route electricity running through the service line to and through someone holding them on the ground. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Man fatally electrocuted while cutting trees in Southfield," 9 June 2019 The big problem was that the person who took the first call was new and didn’t route it to the right manager. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Parking showdown with barricaded car2go ends; ‘both parties are happy,’ says Seattle man," 7 June 2019 In isolation, removing a few nodes from either network would do little harm, because signals could route around the outage and reach most of the remaining nodes. Quanta Magazine, "Math models seek to prevent the next big network failure.," 18 Mar. 2013 Wireless carriers route high-value callers immediately to their most skilled agents. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "On Hold for 45 Minutes? It Might Be Your Secret Customer Score," 1 Nov. 2018 Traffic jams can already be avoided thanks to the integration of traffic alerts and GPS navigation, and within two years, the navigation system will feature a Doppler radar overlay that will be able to route drivers around inclement weather. G.e. Anderson, Popular Mechanics, "Will Google Maps Win the Turn-by-Turn Nav War in Cars?," 28 June 2010 Now that the idea of using an algorithm to find a cab is normal, one of the tech challenges of the moment is how to most efficiently route all of those drivers to all of those customers. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "How Gaming Technology May Help Taxi Drivers in Japan," 1 Apr. 2019 In addition to the kite, the system includes weather sensors that alert the ship captain when to deploy the device and how to route the ship to take advantage of winds, Mr. Bernatets said. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airbus Looks Windward, Will Put Sails on Ships Moving Plane Parts," 8 Sep. 2018

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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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route

noun

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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