- 1 done or happening as a normal part of a particular job, situation, or process routine inquiries/questions/tests The fault was discovered during a routine check.
- 2not unusual or different in any way He died of a heart attack during a routine operation.
- 3(disapproving) ordinary and boring synonym dull, humdrum a routine job This type of work rapidly becomes routine.
- adverb Visitors are routinely checked as they enter the building. This information is now routinely available to anyone with access to a computer. The prisoners were routinely (= repeatedly) subjected to torture.
NAmE//ruˈtin//[usually before noun]
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