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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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 couple’s routine came to an abrupt halt in mid-March, though, when gyms and fitness studios closed to prevent the spread of the virus. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The home gym is in! Sales of fitness equipment in Utah continues at record pace," 24 Oct. 2020 Your dog will learn this routine and might start to wait by his dish for a treat. Star Tribune, "How to stop your dog from begging," 23 Oct. 2020 And yes, the process of finding the right routine and product mix can be time-consuming. Janell Hickman, Allure, "Experts Reveal the Best Way to Wash Kinky, Curly Natural Hair," 23 Oct. 2020 Later, clerks performed specialized, though routine, tasks such as typewriting while sitting next to each other in an open office floor plan. Nicole Kay Peterson, Quartz at Work, "How the needs of monks and empire builders helped mold the modern-day office," 23 Oct. 2020 Contact-free check-in procedures are the norm at Fall Creek, but the owners have also intensified the sanitation routine to ensure utmost cleanliness. Washington Post, "Not all cabins close up for winter. Here are heated options for socially distant exploring.," 22 Oct. 2020 This bundle can revamp your laundry routine with a container, four detergent refills in plastic-free cartons, a silicone funnel and three wool dryer balls. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Easy product swaps to help you live a more eco-friendly life," 22 Oct. 2020 This is Munoz’s new routine since the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted her life and left her older sister, who made nearly half of the family’s income, out of a job. Dallas News, "How the coronavirus has changed education for some of Dallas’ most vulnerable students," 21 Oct. 2020 If screens are part of your bedtime routine, just make sure what the kids watch is calming, Dr. Radesky advises. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Screens Before Bed Are OK for Kids—Just Keep It Calm," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Even as the president sows doubt about mail balloting, federal law enforcement officials as well as election administrators have underscored the security of the process, which has been routine in some states for years. Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. government says Iran sent wave of threatening emails to Democrats in multiple states, including Alaska," 22 Oct. 2020 Extradition between states is usually routine, but Higgins' case is the second involving Wisconsin and political violence to make the news recently. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Dells man charged in Michigan Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot will seek release Monday," 19 Oct. 2020 In response, the Pentagon issued a statement saying the flights were routine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Real Reason Why the Pentagon’s Nuclear Command Jet Recently Launched," 6 Oct. 2020 This is fairly routine, but the amount of detail the press was given -- essentially a play-by-play of the entire incident -- may have exposed just how that intelligence was gathered. James Griffiths, CNN, "Reports about North Korea shooting a South Korean official may have exposed intelligence gathering techniques," 5 Oct. 2020 Mysterious big payments in business deals can raise red flags, particularly in places where bribes or kickbacks to middlemen are routine. Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig And Mike Mcintire, New York Times, "Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance," 27 Sep. 2020 The traffic stop that precipitated the deadly shootout was routine, body camera footage shows. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Roy officers won’t be charged for killing man who shot police dog, fired on officers," 24 Sep. 2020 Hawkins also submitted his affidavit to take the place of the placeholder candidate, a routine procedure used by third parties, given the necessity of gathering signatures before the party formally nominates a candidate. Marc Levy, Star Tribune, "Green Party candidate is ordered off Pennsylvania ballot," 17 Sep. 2020 For much of American history, the creation of prominent new colleges and universities was routine. Frederick M. Hess, National Review, "Don’t Fix Colleges; Build Them," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of routine was in 1661

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Last Updated

29 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Routine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/routine. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for routine

routine

noun
How to pronounce routine (audio)

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
How to pronounce routine (audio)

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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