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  1. a customary or regular course of procedure.
  2. commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity: the routine of an office.
  3. regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, or rote procedure.
  4. an unvarying and constantly repeated formula, as of speech or action; convenient or predictable response: Don't give me that brotherly-love routine!
  5. Computers.
    1. a complete set of coded instructions directing a computer to perform a series of operations.
    2. a series of operations performed by the computer.
  6. 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.
  1. of the nature of, proceeding by, or adhering to routine: routine duties.
  2. dull or uninteresting; commonplace.

Origin of routine

1670–80; < French, derivative of route route
Related formsrou·tine·ly, adverbrou·tine·ness, nounnon·rou·tine, adjective, nounun·rou·tine, adjectiveun·rou·tine·ly, adverb
Can be confusedregular routine

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British Dictionary definitions for routineness


  1. a usual or regular method of procedure, esp one that is unvarying
  2. computing a program or part of a program performing a specific functionan input routine; an output routine
  3. a set sequence of dance steps
  4. informal a hackneyed or insincere speech
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of routine
Derived Formsroutinely, adverb

Word Origin for routine

C17: from Old French, from route a customary way, route
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Word Origin and History for routineness



1670s, from French routine "usual course of action, beaten path" (16c.), from route "way, path, course" (see route (n.)) + noun suffix -ine (see -ine (1)). Theatrical or athletic performance sense is from 1926. The adjective is attested from 1817, from the noun. Related: Routinely.

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