- 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.
Origin of routine
1670–80; < French, derivative of route route
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Royal Christmases have a rhythm and routine—but this year Will, Kate, and baby George have their own, more relaxed plans.Prince George’s Christmas: Better Than Yours
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“This [investigation] is part of routine procedure following the death of any firefighter,” he told The Daily Beast.The Mystery Death Of A Female Firefighter
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I'm pleased with my decision to avoid the routine script problems in favor of the spicy stuff.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
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In 2006, the firm presided over a routine steam-injection procedure known as “well stimulation.”The Fiery Underground Oil Pit Eating L.A.
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Just such a promenade, with a sleepy band, just such a casino, just such a routine.In the Heart of Vosges
All his promotion had come from trying to excel in his routine work.Heroes of the Telegraph
On his part, he fell into a routine without the least evidence of discontent.The Fortune Hunter
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Constance would willingly have commenced the daily routine at an earlier hour.The Channings
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The ideal of these brown braves was the routine of a military life.Freeland
- 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
C17: from Old French, from route a customary way, route
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Word Origin and History for routine
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