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.
- rou·tine·ly, adverb
- rou·tine·ness, noun
- non·rou·tine, adjective, noun
- un·rou·tine, adjective
- regular, routine
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How to use routine in a sentence
Another friend blocked her niece, whose routine ranting had crossed the line into shaming and bullying anyone who voted for the other party.Politics and conspiracy theories are fracturing relationships. Here’s how to grieve those broken bonds. | Jeff Schrum | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
A man well known for his strict bed-at-8 routine was still awake, trying to put an edge on his teammates.Tom Brady still has the itch, and it’s taken him places no football player has been | Sally Jenkins | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
No matter who you are or your walk of life, there are areas of opportunity in your home and routine alike for a more streamlined experience.The best, most practical Valentine’s Day gifts for any kind of partner | PopSci Commerce Team | February 8, 2021 | Popular-Science
He responded to eight routine police incidents on that shift, according to town records.How the Police Bank Millions Through Their Union Contracts | by Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press, and Agnes Chang, Jeff Kao and Agnel Philip, ProPublica | February 8, 2021 | ProPublica
The first day, some students wanted to take naps midday like they did at home, and the school had to review routines and school-day structures with the students.
For now, Sabrine continues her daily routine of visits to the protest camp, to political leaders and taking care of the twins.
Royal Christmases have a rhythm and routine—but this year Will, Kate, and baby George have their own, more relaxed plans.
For OK Go, the four-piece band from Chicago, mainstream success started with eight treadmills and a choreographed dance routine.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age | Lauren Schwartzberg | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“This [investigation] is part of routine procedure following the death of any firefighter,” he told The Daily Beast.
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 | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They don't seem to think there would be much good gained by begging for special favours through routine channels.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
They are easily seen with the one-sixth objective in the routine microscopic examination.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The morning to sleep, the afternoon to business and the evening to enjoyment, seems the usual routine with the favored classes.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
He was a good country practitioner, and, I suppose, knew the ordinary routine of his work quite well.Uncanny Tales | Various
An occasional visit to her parents, and to her old friends the nuns, was all that interrupted the quiet routine of daily duties.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for routine
a usual or regular method of procedure, esp one that is unvarying
computing a program or part of a program performing a specific function: an input routine; an output routine
a set sequence of dance steps
informal a hackneyed or insincere speech
of, relating to, or characteristic of routine
- routinely, adverb
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