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Definition of routine adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1done 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.
  2. 2not unusual or different in any way He died of a heart attack during a routine operation.
  3. 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.
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