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

Starbucks was a part of the couple's routine, as well, as a spot to both get work done and also go to the bathroom. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Want to visit all 61 national parks in America? Here are 7 tips to help," 25 Aug. 2019 In one session, he and the Knicks’ assistant strength and conditioning coach educated the campers on proper warm-up and stretching routines, nutrition and general health. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls trainer Jeff Tanaka returns to his roots — with some father-son bonding — during an NBA-conducted camp in Japan," 24 Aug. 2019 Shop Now COSRX Clear Fix Master Patch If COSRX's pimple master patches are already part of your acne-fighting routine, consider these ultra-slim acne patches, too. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "Dermstore’s 20th Anniversary Sale: Here's What to Buy," 20 Aug. 2019 My personal routine involved bath bombs, a can of wine, and HGTV. Ali Barthwell, Curbed, "I watched a full day of HGTV," 14 Aug. 2019 The move came at the finale of Biles' minute-and-a-half-long routine, which ended on the balance beam. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Simone Biles Just Made History With an Jaw-Dropping Beam Dismount," 11 Aug. 2019 Do whatever feels good to you: complete this as a routine, mix and match your favorite poses, or use a couple to warm up or cool down. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "12 Yoga Poses for Climbers to Do Daily," 9 Aug. 2019 Their routine: after warming up for 20-25 minutes, Taggart shoots 20 3-pointers from the right corner. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "These 63-year-old Hoosiers may be the best 3-point shooters in Indiana," 25 July 2019 That said, in general, ICE conducts targeted enforcement of federal immigration law on a daily basis in accordance with our routine, ongoing operations. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Neighbors form human chain to protect father as ICE tries to take him into custody," 23 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 In the Senate that is by design, but in the House it is promoted by routine gerrymandering and voter-suppression. The Economist, "The corrupting of democracy," 29 Aug. 2019 The military had completed a routine troop rotation of air, land and maritime forces, the news agency said. NBC News, "China troops 'will defend Hong Kong prosperity' ahead of planned protests," 29 Aug. 2019 Even if you have been vaccinated, routine screening with Pap tests starting at age 21 is recommended to check for changes in the cells of the cervix as well as HPV infection. Ian Fields, SELF, "My Mother Died of Cervical Cancer. Now I’m an HPV Vaccine Advocate.," 26 Aug. 2019 Presence of cyanobacteria was detected during routine testing earlier this month by the environmental conservation and city parks departments. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, "Algae That Can Kill Dogs Is Discovered in 3 N.Y.C. Parks," 25 Aug. 2019 One passenger light-rail train rear-ended another that was stopped on the tracks for routine maintenance testing around 9:38 p.m., Sacramento Regional Transit said in an update on the incident Friday. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Thirteen passengers injured in Sacramento crash involving two light-rail trains," 23 Aug. 2019 Now, the sight of a position player climbing the mound to record the final outs of a lopsided major league game is an almost routine occurrence, a phenomenon likely connected to many of the game’s ills. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Garbage time, all the time: MLB sees historic spike in position players pitching," 19 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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