routine

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noun

rou·​tine rü-ˈtēn How to pronounce routine (audio)
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a
: 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

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adjective

rou·​tine rü-ˈtēn How to pronounce routine (audio)
ˈrü-ˌtēn
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: of a commonplace or repetitious character : ordinary
routine problems
2
: of, relating to, or being in accordance with established procedure
routine business

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The best way to do it is to start simple with your anti-aging skincare routine. Bernd Fischer, Men's Health, 19 Nov. 2022 Just ask Sydney Sweeney, who, after incorporating the Solawave Wand in regular skincare routine, started receiving compliments about her glowing skin. Alex Warner, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2022 Droplette is meant to be a part of your daily skincare routine, just as any face wash, moisturizer or sunscreen would be. Catharine Malzahn, Good Housekeeping, 18 Nov. 2022 Nothing is more soothing than the ritual of taking time for yourself each night, a la your nighttime skincare routine. Ava Darrin, ELLE, 16 Nov. 2022 Super Serum Skin Tint essentially combines three steps of your skin-care routine — hydration, coverage, and sun protection — into one product. Loren Savini, Allure, 16 Nov. 2022 The right bathroom counter or vanity organizer can transform your skincare routine from a chore into a mini moment of self-care each evening. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 8 Nov. 2022 Paula’s Choice is an essential and affordable part of an everday skincare routine. Anna Tingley, Variety, 28 Oct. 2022 Make establishing a skincare routine even easier for yourself or a family member with this day and night cream bundle from Elemis that reduces fine lines while improving overall elasticity. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Oct. 2022
Adjective
Use it last in your skin care routine to seal in moisture and ensure a serious glow. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Nov. 2022 Her own litter box routine involves scooping the 11 boxes in her condo multiple times a day, wiping them all down and refreshing litter once a week, and performing a monthly deep-clean that includes thoroughly scrubbing their interiors. Rachel Kurzius, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2022 Lipa definitely has the balance of modern trendsetting and throwback fun down in her glam routine and her music. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 17 Nov. 2022 Winter is rough on everyone’s skin, even guys’, which makes this skincare-routine-in-a-bag ideal for literally anyone. Garrett Munce, Men's Health, 11 Nov. 2022 Manning, 24, is performing his normal offseason routine. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 9 Nov. 2022 Congress will need to soon raise the ceiling on the federal debt — a step that’s routine, but always politically fraught. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2022 Experts recommend cognitive behavioral therapy and a healthy wind down routine (limiting screens before bed, and being in dark, cool spaces) for treating insomnia. Byalexa Mikhail, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2022 The below biceps routine, which Fagan created for SELF, includes both a wide-grip bicep curl as well as a single-arm, regular grip bicep curl. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 29 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

French, from Middle French, from route traveled way

First Known Use

Noun

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of routine was in 1661

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Cite this Entry

“Routine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/routine. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

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noun

rou·​tine rü-ˈtēn How to pronounce routine (audio)
1
: a standard or regular way of doing something
2
: an often repeated speech or formula
3
: a part (as of an act or a sports performance) that is carefully worked out so it can be repeated often
a comedy routine
a dance routine
a gymnastic routine
4
: a set of computer instructions that will perform a certain job

routine

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adjective

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2
: done or happening in a usual or standard way
routinely adverb

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