routine

noun
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

routine

adjective
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

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Other Words from routine

Adjective

routinely adverb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Becic's top 10 list includes Fox 26 reporter Ivory Hecker, who ranked high for her dedication to a regular workout routine and healthy eating. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "'Fitness Czar' of Houston ranks 10 fittest TV news personalities in the Bayou City," 3 July 2019 But despite the memorable routine and first-place title, Brady still got the boot this week, and was asked to go home. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "'Dance Moms' Paid Tribute To Rock Band Queen In an Unforgettable Number," 26 June 2019 Most Americans are eligible for Medicare at 65, with the government program covering some routine and emergency health care, but not long-term care, such as that provided by nursing homes. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Nursing home costs in the U.S. are rising even faster than health care," 25 June 2019 Sticking to an exercise routine and drinking more water should make a difference too. Dr. Roshini Raj, Health.com, "How to Eat Enough Fiber Without Gas and Bloating," 13 June 2019 Learn about the wrestlers’ rigorous routine and mindboggling calorie intake, and come away with a handwritten print of your name in Kanji script. National Geographic, "Japan Family Journey: From Ancient to Modern Times," 12 June 2019 What to Do at Night Set yourself up for success by following these tips: Create a sleep routine and stick to it. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Go to Sleep Fast, According to Sleep Specialists," 10 June 2019 This sign overlooks your house of work routines and daily ritual, which may sound boring but is actually quite spiritual. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Aquarius Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 Julia Mller / EyeEmGetty Images What January does for our fitness routines and careers, spring and summer seem to do for our wardrobes—suddenly everything feels ripe for reinvention. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, Marie Claire, "The Do's and Don't's of a Closet Refresh," 6 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Kate Middleton is known to keep her beauty routine on the simpler side, but that never stops her from switching up her signature hairstyle when the seasons change. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "Even Kate Middleton Lightened Up Her Hair For Summer," 15 June 2019 And as your mane changes, so too must your routine. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "How to Properly Take Care of Graying Hair," 4 June 2019 Some people find that sticking to a routine like this is relaxing or that a Sunday night mask helps them mentally prepare for the week ahead. Jacqueline Kantor, SELF, "How I Balance My Skin-Care Routine and My OCD Symptoms," 22 May 2019 Siri Shortcuts For those of us who stick to a routine, Siri's about to make our lives a lot easier. Hanna Howard, Teen Vogue, "Apple iOS 12 Officially Debuts," 17 Sep. 2018 Neville's recruits weathered the storm, however, eventually sealing the win through a brilliantly-simple corner routine, Alex Greenwood sweeping home to kill the game. SI.com, "Twitter Reacts as Lionesses Dismiss Feisty Cameroon to Book World Cup Quarter Final," 23 June 2019 Topics include communication techniques, caregiver support, safety issues, benefits of activities and daily routine, family dynamics, stages of the disease process, behavior management and more. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 23 June 2019 Men who are uncircumcised should have routine penile care with careful hygienic cleansing to keep their down-there healthy, adds Dr. Reitano. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "What Is Circumcision? 9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Male Circumcision, but Should," 20 June 2019 As Bergman and Stamm pointed out in the New England Journal of Medicine, physicians ought to be attentive to the ways that even routine care can have unintended negative side effects. Rachel Pearson, The New Yorker, "The Durable Feeling That a Child Is Always at Risk," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of routine

Noun

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for routine

Noun

French, from Middle French, from route traveled way

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routine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of routine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a regular way of doing things in a particular order
: a boring state or situation in which things are always done the same way
: a series of things (such as movements or jokes) that are repeated as part of a performance

routine

adjective

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

: done very often
: done or happening as a normal part of a job, situation, or process
: easily done according to a set way or method

routine

noun
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

routine

adjective

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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