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/ ruˈtin /
a customary or regular course of procedure.
commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity: the routine of an office.
regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, or rote procedure.
an unvarying and constantly repeated formula, as of speech or action; convenient or predictable response: Don't give me that brotherly-love routine!
- a complete set of coded instructions directing a computer to perform a series of operations.
- a series of operations performed by the computer.
an individual act, performance, or part of a performance, as a song or dance, given regularly by an entertainer: a comic routine; a dance routine.
of the nature of, proceeding by, or adhering to routine: routine duties.
dull or uninteresting; commonplace.
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Origin of routine
1670–80; <French, derivative of routeroute
OTHER WORDS FROM routine
rou·tine·ly, adverbrou·tine·ness, nounnon·rou·tine, adjective, nounun·rou·tine, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH routineregular, routine
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British Dictionary definitions for routine
/ (ruːˈtiːn) /
a usual or regular method of procedure, esp one that is unvarying
computing a program or part of a program performing a specific functionan input routine; an output routine
a set sequence of dance steps
informal a hackneyed or insincere speech
of, relating to, or characteristic of routine
Derived forms of routineroutinely, adverb
Word Origin for routine
C17: from Old French, from route a customary way, route
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