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

The cabin lights dimmed and passengers all around us began to sleep according to red-eye routine. Natalie B. Compton, latimes.com, "A romance that began on a plane didn’t survive the landing," 22 June 2019 His routine included taking the bus to evening English classes on the city’s North Side. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "For generations, Illinois’ child welfare agency has failed to adequately serve Spanish-speaking families with children in its care.," 20 June 2019 In my defense, there are no ceiling lights in my apartment, so setting up routines to control the lights in every room through a smart speaker seemed useful. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "The smart home remains frustratingly dumb," 20 June 2019 Experiment with different pre-sleep routines to find what works best for you. 2. Mayo Oshin, Quartzy, "Five scientifically proven ways to fall asleep faster," 19 June 2019 From application tips to go-to products, celebrity makeup artists Alix Taylor, Megan Lanoux, and Stephanie Ward share the ultimate beach makeup routine. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "The Beach Makeup Ideas & Tips That Celebrity Makeup Artists Swear By," 19 June 2019 The Cleaner Hair Dye Options The first step in seeking out an environmentally-conscious hair coloring routine is to know which ingredients to avoid. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "Organic Hair Dye Is a Myth—But You Can Still Find Clean Hair Color," 19 June 2019 Like other Foreo skincare devices, the Luna 3 pairs with the app to offer personalized settings, as well as a variety of firming face massage routines. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "This Exfoliating Device Is Chrissy Teigen’s Secret to Glowing Skin," 12 June 2019 Her feed is a place where frenetic, solitary dance routines are performed with total commitment for Spears’s unseen reflection in the mirror of her home gym, which is lined with purple string lights. New York Times, "When Britney Spears Posts on Instagram, a Thousand Conspiracies Flower," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In addition to Robbie’s usual Pilates routine, her stunt training ends up being her default workout. Irina Aleksander, Vogue, "Margot Robbie on Quentin Tarantino, Marriage, and the One Word She Hates Being Called," 6 June 2019 The officer, who has been with the department for two years, has been placed on administrative leave, routine in police shootings. Dallas News, "Fort Worth officer shot burglary suspect who threatened him, police say," 6 June 2019 The helicopter rescue at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve was supposed to be routine. Author: Timothy Bella, Anchorage Daily News, "74-year-old spins wildly in basket under Arizona rescue helicopter," 5 June 2019 Like most Americans on the home front, life had evolved into a routine despite rationing and shortages of gasoline, food and clothing. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "75 years ago, an anxious Seattle turned to radio, newspapers to learn about the D-Day invasion," 2 June 2019 Gemini is your house of daily routine and ritual, which, of course, includes work. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What June's Capricorn Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 The routine took anywhere from six to eight hours and cost hundreds of dollars. Glamour, "For Black Beauty Queens, Natural Hair Is An Act Of Defiance," 6 May 2019 Taylor added a similar shade of pink to her beauty routine, and was photographed with pink nails. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Wore a Pastel Gown to the Time 100 Event," 24 Apr. 2019 Building such a system would be a big project for a small company, but fairly routine for any of the large aerospace players. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "After More Than a Century, the Cyclocopter Is Making a Comeback," 5 Apr. 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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