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routine

noun rou·tine \ rü-ˈtēn \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of routine

1 a : 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

Examples of routine in a Sentence

  1. Grandma gets upset if we change her routine.

  2. A brisk walk is part of her morning routine.

  3. The job will be easier once you settle into a routine.

  4. the boring routine of paperwork

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Origin and Etymology of routine

French, from Middle French, from route traveled way

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routine

adjective rou·tine \ rü-ˈtēn , ˈrü-ˌtēn \

Definition of routine

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

routinely

adverb

Examples of routine in a Sentence

  1. The surgery has become a very routine operation and poses little danger.

  2. He criticized her routine absence from important meetings.

  3. The more you do it, the more routine it becomes.

  4. They hire high-school students for routine work such as filing.

  5. Data entry becomes routine very quickly.

Recent Examples of routine from the Web

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First Known Use of routine

1744



ROUTINE Defined for English Language Learners

routine

noun

Definition of routine for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of routine for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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routine

noun rou·tine \ rü-ˈtēn \

Definition of routine for Students

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

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routine

adjective

Definition of routine for Students

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.

routinely

adverb


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