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 Sweden, which avoided the full-lockdown route adopted by most other European countries, now has the highest COVID-19 mortality rate per capita. David Meyer, Fortune, "Here’s what CEOs see coming after the pandemic," 20 May 2020 There are an estimated 4,000 migrants stranded in Serbia, one of the main transit routes through the Balkans for people fleeing wars and poverty. Bloomberg.com, "Serbian Army Deployed Near Border to Protect Against Migrants," 20 May 2020 The one form of entertainment that was supposed to see us through the pandemic shutdown is also still the fastest route to craptown. Washington Post, "Shows like ‘Celebrity Watch Party,’ ‘Ultimate Tag’ and ‘Labor of Love’ only seem like TV’s bottom of the barrel," 20 May 2020 The routes include Asian Highlands, African Elephant Crossing and Rosebrough Tiger Passage. Fox News, "Cleveland zoo halts ticket sales for coronavirus drive-thru event, citing demand," 19 May 2020 Tribal leaders and residents in communities along the pipeline's route have also expressed concerns that resuming construction with thousands of workers could spread coronavirus. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Biden campaign says he'll revoke Keystone XL pipeline permit if elected," 19 May 2020 For starters, the destination must be as fuzzy as the route to get there. Alex Williams, New York Times, "The Joy of Getting Lost and Finding Your Way," 18 May 2020 That might mean two buses will have to run the same route to accomplish what one did originally, Scott said. Bruce Selcraig, ExpressNews.com, "Federal stimulus funds will help rural bus program in counties outside San Antonio," 18 May 2020 With so many parts of the body under siege at once, scientists say, improving survival rates will require multiple routes of attack — and more than one drug. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, "Antivirals, anti-inflammatory drugs and prepackaged plasma: A look at the therapies being developed to combat the new coronavirus," 18 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Signs of separation will abound: decals on elevator floors showing you where to stand, arrows to route foot traffic in one direction, chairs removed from conference rooms and other popular gathering places. Roger Vincentstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Someday we’ll return to the office. It’ll be nothing like we’ve seen before," 8 May 2020 But which route the Mid-States highway project will take to make that connection — and whether the project is even needed at all — is a point of contention. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Businesses, groups call on INDOT to stop planning highway project during coronavirus pandemic," 14 Apr. 2020 The Ghibli's system defaults to sending 100 percent of the engine's torque to the rear wheels but can route up to 50 percent of the available twist to the fronts if wheel slip is detected. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "2020 Maserati Ghibli S Q4 GranSport Is a Luxury Sedan in a Racing Suit," 9 Apr. 2020 The more than 20-date tour will route through Denver, Detroit, Boston, Brooklyn, Dallas, Atlanta and Austin. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Phantogram Announce 2019 Headlining Tour," 14 May 2019 Of the 100 million phishing emails that route through Google's email system every day, 18 million are coronavirus or Covid-19 related. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: Russian Hackers Went After San Francisco International Airport," 18 Apr. 2020 Another flaw: the company's use of servers located in China to route meetings for North American participants and distribute encryption keys. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Senator backing anti-crypto bill calls out Zoom’s lack of end-to-end crypto," 7 Apr. 2020 This tracking system allows all who interact with someone who may be carrying the new coronavirus to know of their symptoms and testing status, and route them to appropriate services, Liggett said. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "How will metro Phoenix care for homeless in the era of coronavirus?," 27 Mar. 2020 At the same time, the persistent flows around the edges of a block can route storm after storm to the same spot. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Why does the weather stall? New theories explain enigmatic ‘blocks’ in the jet stream," 5 Mar. 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

23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Route.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/route. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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