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

Give into the yen to get away from your normal surroundings and do something that takes your mind away from routines. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for Aug. 3, 2019: Happy birthday Evangeline Lilly; Aquarius, contentment can be contagious," 3 Aug. 2019 Networks that once started with middle-schoolers who needed better classroom habits right away now have elementary schools to establish learning routines. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "‘No-excuses schools’ make no excuse for updating their approach," 2 Aug. 2019 The entire male-bonding routine feels like it was carefully negotiated in a boardroom, with every insult run by a team of lawyers to make sure nobody’s real-life egos would get bruised. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Hobbs & Shaw Is Loud, Silly, and Pointless," 2 Aug. 2019 Then the woman who’s part of his routine turns the tables. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Cate Blanchett to join Bradley Cooper in Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley," 2 Aug. 2019 Not so difficult—and your dinner routine just got a whole lot more interesting. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, "Can You Actually Swap Fish In a Recipe?," 1 Aug. 2019 Yokoi graduated with a degree in electronics before undergoing the job search routine many are familiar with, according to Game Over by David Sheff, which tells the history of Nintendo. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "As Game Boy Turns 30, It’s Time to Recognize Its Inventor, Nintendo’s Maintenance Man," 1 Aug. 2019 Toy and Wing appeared in elaborate formal costumes, with routines that seemed to combine the elegance of Astaire and Rogers with the athletic flair of the Nicholas brothers. Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, "Dorothy Toy, dazzling dancer known as the ‘Asian Ginger Rogers,’ dies at 102," 29 July 2019 Rob also has impressive comedic chops and has taken his talents to the stage with a winning stand-up routine. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Who Is Rob Riggle? Everything to Know About the Star of 'Shark Week'," 28 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Zobrist made a few routine plays and appeared to be moving fine. Jimmy Greenfield, chicagotribune.com, "Ben Zobrist shows his South Bend Cubs teammates how to be a big-leaguer on and off the field — and goes 2-for-3 with an RBI," 3 Aug. 2019 Individuals have botched more routine plays than normal, but the aggressive shifting allows them to convert batted balls into outs, particularly in the infield, and some analytics indicate the Dodgers are an elite defensive club. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ plethora of defensive problems add up to worst loss of season," 29 July 2019 For Jake the drug-sniffing K-9, Thursday’s mission should have been routine. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al.com, "Tribute to K9 Jake, the drug sniffing dog who died in the line of duty," 23 July 2019 That is why one of the two priorities for the Padres in their nurturing of Tatis, along with him consistently making the routine play in the field, is cutting down on the strikeouts. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. breaking through rookie wall," 22 July 2019 Since the late 1930s and his meteoric rise to the top of Germany’s political scene, assassination attempts against him had become somewhat routine. Albinko Hasic, Time, "A Group of German Leaders Tried to Kill Hitler in 1944. Here’s Why They Failed," 19 July 2019 Sure, there were plays his defense could have made — none considered routine — but right now, Zimmermann lacks confidence and the pitches to attack hitters aggressively. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers observations: 2 lazy lapses leave Ron Gardenhire dejected," 19 July 2019 Equipment failures have become almost routine at the Hartford plant, which was originally built in the 1940s and converted to burn trash in 1988. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Regional Hartford trash plant suffers another equipment failure, forcing trash shipments to New York and Pennsylvania," 17 July 2019 To alleviate the risk of damage, Metzger says NASA and other commercial companies headed to the Moon need to seriously consider making landing pads on the lunar surface before landings become routine. Loren Grush, The Verge, "High-speed lunar dust could cloud the future of human missions to the Moon," 17 July 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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