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

Sample garments abound on shelves and dress forms at Knit Schitck — schtick being Yiddish for an entertainer’s routine and sharing some consonant sounds with stecken, German for stick, like knitting needles might be. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Of earls and purls: Costa Mesa knitting group makes accessories to look the part at ‘Downton Abbey’ showing," 13 Sep. 2019 In this episode of Go To Bed With Me, Dr. Lee shows off her nighttime skincare routine and drops major wisdom on keeping your skin clear and healthy. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Dr. Pimple Popper's Nighttime Skin Routine," 10 Sep. 2019 Having a hearing to determine that co-defendants are aware of that right is routine and required when co-defendants have joint representation, legal experts say. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Is Lori Loughlin’s ‘united front’ with husband for real? Daughter fears divorce, report says," 4 Sep. 2019 Preparing for two upcoming triathlons in Europe, Marisa Rastetter goes through a stretching routine and a workout with weights at a gym in La Jolla. Doug Williams, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego triathlete’s training gives life balance," 2 Sep. 2019 The makeup trends whose fizzling out is affecting Ulta’s bottom line have been replaced with elaborate skincare routines, and companies are no longer seeing returns on cosmetics. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Ulta is struggling because of your boring beauty routine," 30 Aug. 2019 The more camps a kid goes to, the more paperwork needs to be filled out, the more new routines and people families need to adjust to, and the more idiosyncratic camp rules parents need to grasp. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Summer isn't a break for kids or parents," 22 Aug. 2019 These two will thrive in a home with structured routines and consistency. Boys & Girls Aid / Community Content Partner, oregonlive.com, "Korderro, 6, and Kedia, 5, seek a family that loves swimming, gymnastics, big smiles: A Home of Their Own," 17 Aug. 2019 After the athletes stretched and completed their warm-ups, the coaches separated the players into three groups for three exercises: a speed ladder drill, a fly-ball catching routine and an over-the-line session. Vincent Nguyen, Burbank Leader, "Players learn baseball basics, communication skills at Bulldog Baseball Camp," 29 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Receiver Emmanuel Sanders: The Broncos’ plan of weaning Sanders back into a routine paid off. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Analysis: Exiting long preseason, reasons for optimism, concern," 30 Aug. 2019 Without routine screening, many STDs go undiagnosed and untreated for some time. Stephanie Ebbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Planned Parenthood forgoes federal funding for STD treatment amid record high," 23 Aug. 2019 Aim to stabilize your financial situation, update contracts and set up a routine that will encourage good health. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Aug. 19, 2019," 19 Aug. 2019 Once the Nautilus arrived at the island, a routine quickly developed: Send out the ASV (essentially a robot boat) to map the terrain near the surf. Rachel Hartigan Shea, National Geographic, "Exclusive: Inside the search for Amelia Earhart’s airplane," 12 Aug. 2019 In an interview with reporters after Friday’s competition, Simone was as humble as ever, reflecting on her errors during the routine. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Simone Biles Makes History at 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships," 10 Aug. 2019 In Canada, a task force on preventive health care has stated that there is insufficient evidence to justify using colonoscopy for routine screening for colorectal cancer. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Newer guidelines call for colonoscopies 5 years earlier, many insurances cover costs," 28 July 2019 In the soon-to-be era of space tourism and routine travel, criminal jurisdiction is just one of many complex legal issues arising. Deanna Paul, Anchorage Daily News, "Space: The final legal frontier," 1 Sep. 2019 In the soon-to-be era of space tourism and routine travel, criminal jurisdiction is just one of many complex legal issues arising. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "Space: The final legal frontier," 31 Aug. 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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