route

noun
\ ˈrüt How to pronounce route (audio) , ˈrau̇t How to pronounce route (audio) \

Definition of route

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a traveled way : highway the main route north
b : a means of access : channel the route to social mobility— T. F. O'Dea
2 : a line of travel : course
3a : an established or selected course of travel or action
b : an assigned territory to be systematically covered a newspaper route

route

verb
routed; routing

Definition of route (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to send by a selected route : direct was routed along the scenic shore road
2 : to divert in a specified direction

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Examples of route in a Sentence

Noun We didn't know what route to take. an escape route in case of fire a major bird migratory route You could take a different route and still arrive at the same conclusion. Take Route 2 into town. We live on a rural route. Verb Traffic was routed around the accident. When the doctor is out, his calls are routed to his answering service.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some teams — like the Dolphins, Jets and Browns in recent years — go the tanking route, trying to accumulate as many draft picks as possible. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 So, with certain patterns removed from a receiver’s route tree, there is only so much a player like Johnson can do. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 9 Oct. 2021 He’s also one of the best route runners in the league. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 5 Oct. 2021 Isn’t a burner but is very good after the catch and is a very polished route runner. oregonlive, 1 Oct. 2021 Surrounded by bigger names, faster players, better route runners, the soft-spoken Patrick fades into the background — except on game days. The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Sep. 2021 The United States isn’t set up to handle a sharp rise in diagnostic demand, should a big fraction of affected workers go the testing route. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 27 Sep. 2021 Blocking, tackling, taking care of the football, route-running, everything. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 26 Sep. 2021 Or go the white pizza route and use a creamy sauce. Ali Slagle, Bon Appétit, 14 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While many people living in Singapore route their funds through major remittance houses such as InstaReM and Singtel Dash, due to lower costs than banks, the time taken to transfer money sometimes extends up to two days. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 16 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile the AEGs of the world often fronted money to mount the tour and did the work to route and sell the tour. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 The dispatchers then route emergencies to police, firefighters or Portland Street Response. oregonlive, 9 Sep. 2021 The bot can then cross-reference employee PTO availability and automatically route the request to the appropriate manager for approval. Mike Magnifico, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 And when a contractor tested positive the next month at the busy Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center in Leesburg, Virginia, the agency said it was forced to re-route some planes. Greg Wallace And Pete Muntean, CNN, 11 June 2021 Instead of overseas executives having to route decisions through a counterpart in Japan, divisions are now organized by function rather than regions. James Simms, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 American’s pandemic strategy has been to route more traffic through its major hubs, a boon for DFW Airport, located just a few miles from the company’s corporate headquarters. Dallas News, 24 May 2021 Many are hulking brick-and-concrete structures built several decades ago when the original AT&T monopoly employed thousands of human operators to route customers’ phone calls. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of route

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for route

Noun

Middle English rute, route, borrowed from Anglo-French rute, going back to Vulgar Latin *rupta (short for *rupta via, literally, "broken way, forced passage," after Latin viam rumpere "to force a passage"), from feminine of ruptus, past participle of rumpere "to break, burst," going back to Indo-European *ru-n-p-, nasal present formation from the base *reu̯p- "break, tear" — more at reave

Verb

derivative of route entry 1

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The first known use of route was in the 13th century

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“Route.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/route. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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route

noun

English Language Learners Definition of route

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a way to get from one place to another place
: a way that someone or something regularly travels along
: a way of achieving or doing something

route

verb

English Language Learners Definition of route (Entry 2 of 2)

: to send (someone or something) along a particular route

route

noun
\ ˈrüt How to pronounce route (audio) , ˈrau̇t \

Kids Definition of route

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a regular, chosen, or assigned course of travel

route

verb
routed; routing

Kids Definition of route (Entry 2 of 2)

: to send or transport by a selected course

route

noun
\ ˈrüt How to pronounce route (audio) , ˈrau̇t How to pronounce route (audio) \

Medical Definition of route

: a method of transmitting a disease or of administering a remedy the airborne route of … infection— M. L. Furcolow

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