routine

[roo-teen]

noun

adjective

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
Related formsrou·tine·ly, adverbrou·tine·ness, nounnon·rou·tine, adjective, nounun·rou·tine, adjectiveun·rou·tine·ly, adverb
Can be confusedregular routine

Synonyms for routine

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  • Since then house and porch and garden and routines had become like those of other places.

    Christmas

    Zona Gale

  • Don't be satisfied to come into class and try to perfect your routines there.

  • For an undeterminable length of time, he followed the routines of the bells.

    The Victor

    Bryce Walton

  • A routine was followed, and all routines become dull and wearisome.

  • Things here are rigidly scheduled, and you will learn the routines as the conditioning bells acquaint you with them.

    The Victor

    Bryce Walton



British Dictionary definitions for routines

routine

noun

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

adjective

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 routines

routine

n.

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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