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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024
How to use routine in a sentence
On Friday evening, as the conference got underway, the two senators were on the stage delivering comedic standup routines.Politics End In Halifax As Democratic and GOP Senators Seek Common Ground on National Security | Tim Mak | November 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Usually, magicians spend months—years—developing new routines.
There are good reasons why these routines are not making it into the tributes to Williams.The Political Passion of Robin Williams, From Reagan-Bashing to AIDS Prevention | Asawin Suebsaeng | August 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Petit walks the wire back and forth four times, varying the walks with little routines from time to time.Philippe Petit’s Moment of Concern Walking the WTC Tightrope | Anthony Haden-Guest | August 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mr. Mayall, who was married with three children, was famed for his slapstick routines.
A self-willed chaos to familiar routines and associations, an involuntary revisiting of dead hours and buried sensations.Mountain | Clement Wood
Their danger to all the routines of ordinary life was not realized until it was too late.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind | Herbert George Wells
The sense of inevitable routines that held all the world in thrall six years ago has gone.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind | Herbert George Wells
Aaron's farming methods, so much different to Murnan routines, puzzled and intrigued the boy.Blind Man's Lantern | Allen Kim Lang
Data can be sorted and classified at high speed for further processing by use of these generalized sorting routines.IBM 1401 Programming Systems | Anonymous
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012