rou·​tine | \ rü-ˈtēn How to pronounce routine (audio) \

Definition of routine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a regular course of procedure if resort to legal action becomes a campus routine— J. A. Perkins
b : habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure the routine of factory work
2 : a reiterated speech or formula the old "After you" routine— Ray Russell
3 : a worked-out part (as of an entertainment or sports contest) that may be often repeated a dance routine especially : a theatrical number
4 : a sequence of computer instructions for performing a particular task


rou·​tine | \ rü-ˈtēn How to pronounce routine (audio) , ˈrü-ˌtēn \

Definition of routine (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of a commonplace or repetitious character : ordinary routine problems
2 : of, relating to, or being in accordance with established procedure routine business

Examples of routine in a Sentence

Noun Grandma gets upset if we change her routine. A brisk walk is part of her morning routine. The job will be easier once you settle into a routine. the boring routine of paperwork Adjective The surgery has become a very routine operation and poses little danger. He criticized her routine absence from important meetings. The more you do it, the more routine it becomes. They hire high-school students for routine work such as filing. Data entry becomes routine very quickly. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now enjoy Bel-Air's Coco Jones 10-minute beauty routine: Our bad! Gabi Thorne, Allure, 12 May 2022 The latest is a walk through her No Makeup Makeup routine, which—bonus—will work beautifully within the breezy aesthetic we've got planned for the summer. Elle Turner, Glamour, 12 May 2022 The Only Murders in the Building star recently posted a TikTok showing her skincare routine, which fans quickly claimed was somehow her way of subtly shading ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber's wife, Hailey Bieber. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 11 May 2022 This daily routine proceeded without a protest from any person or group. WSJ, 5 May 2022 Unlike with an infectious etiology, traveler’s constipation tends to arise from disruptions to your gut’s normal routine. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 But becoming a mother alters every inch of your body, your routine, your soul, your heart. Vogue, 4 May 2022 As prices continue to go up, the cost of an R.T.O. routine — travel, coffee, food — is adding to workers’ concerns. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 These guys spend ungodly amounts of time creating and tweaking (then re-creating and re-tweaking) new routine to get bigger and better pumps, with a list of exercises longer than a dictionary. Jeff Tomko, Men's Health, 29 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But its gathering of armadillo sightings started in the early 1990s, then slowly increased for 20 years, and now, within the past few years, sightings are becoming routine. Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2022 Pandemic disruptions in health services is just one reason children have been missing out on routine vaccinations. Maryanne Murray Buechner, Forbes, 13 May 2022 It was supposed to be a routine job in the center of Mexico City. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 May 2022 The key to Hasting's self-care is routine, daily affirmations and weekly therapy sessions. Natasha Dye,, 13 May 2022 This type of light is your car telling you that some routine work is due, such as an oil or air-filter change. Nick Kurczewski, Car and Driver, 13 May 2022 As class president his whole high school career — and his school’s first openly LGBTQ student to hold the title — this was a fairly routine request. Matt Lavietes, NBC News, 12 May 2022 Handling routine vaccinations there can make insurance reimbursement easier, while an additional travel clinic appointment can provide trip-specific advice and any destination-specific immunizations and medications. Erin E. Williams, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 Layoffs are expected as part of routine cost-savings efforts following the close of the merger. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of routine


1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1744, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for routine


French, from Middle French, from route traveled way

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rou·​tine | \ rü-ˈtēn How to pronounce routine (audio) \

Kids Definition of routine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usual order and way of doing something Taking a shower is part of my morning routine.
2 : a series of things that are repeated as part of a performance a dance routine



Kids Definition of routine (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : done very often routine surgery
2 : done or happening in a standard or usual way He went to the doctor for a routine checkup.

Other Words from routine

routinely adverb

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