- a course, way, or road for passage or travel: What's the shortest route to Boston?
- a customary or regular line of passage or travel: a ship on the North Atlantic route.
- a specific itinerary, round, or number of stops regularly visited by a person in the performance of his or her work or duty: a newspaper route; a mail carrier's route.
- to fix the route of: to route a tour.
- to send or forward by a particular route: to route mail to its proper destination.
- go the route, Informal.
- to see something through to completion: It was a tough assignment, but he went the route.
- Baseball.to pitch the complete game: The heat and humidity were intolerable, but the pitcher managed to go the route.
Origin of route
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Related Wordsprogram, direction, way, course, track, passage, trail, journey, itinerary, line, avenue, road, transmit, pike, digression, run, meandering, rambling, plot, beat
Examples from the Web for route
AirAsia has now been grounded on this route by the Indonesians.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
And increasingly smart navigation aids in the cockpit brought far greater precision and efficiency to route planning.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
After a hit, they would adjust the search to the most likely route from there.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
The weather on the route of AirAsia Flight 8501 was not unusual for the region and the season.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
I came [to personal essays] through the route of, if you want to call it intellection or a kind of interpretive [genre].Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
Along the route as, well as at the station, the party was cheered by a large crowd.
Vast crowds lined the route, afoot and in every kind of vehicle.
The view from the summit, made up for the deviation from my route.
Our route brought us along by the waterside, and we travelled hard all that night.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The route she was to follow was marked by a line of buoys and flags.Heroes of the Telegraph
- the choice of roads taken to get to a place
- a regular journey travelled
- (capital) US a main road between citiesRoute 66
- mountaineering the direction or course taken by a climb
- med the means by which a drug or agent is administered or enters the body, such as by mouth or by injectionoral route
- to plan the route of; send by a particular route
Word Origin and History for route
early 13c., from Old French rute "road, way, path" (12c.), from Latin rupta (via) "(a road) opened by force," from rupta, fem. past participle of rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.)). Sense of "fixed or regular course for carrying things" (cf. mail route) is 1792, an extension of the meaning "customary path of animals" (early 15c.).
1890, from route (n.). Related: Routed; routing.