- 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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Related Wordsregularly, customarily, often, normally, habitually, sometimes, generally, ordinarily, commonly, consistently, occasionally, frequently, typically, mainly, mostly, naturally
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The bagnio men (bath attendants), who routinely bled the bathers in public baths, preferred the spring lancet.
Subsequently, 225 black replacements were routinely assigned wherever needed throughout the regiment.
Finally, the command would stage no publicity campaign but would instead proceed quietly and routinely.
- 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
Word Origin and History for routinely
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper