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Definition of routine noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the normal order and way in which you regularly do things We are trying to get the baby into a routine for feeding and sleeping. Make exercise a part of your daily routine. We clean and repair the machines as a matter of routine.
  2. 2[uncountable] (disapproving) a situation in which life is boring because things are always done in the same way She needed a break from routine.
  3. 3[countable] a series of movements, jokes, etc. that are part of a performance a dance routine We need some new material for our routine.
  4. 4[countable] (computing) a list of instructions that enable a computer to perform a particular task
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