Definition of routine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ruːˈtiːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ruːˈtiːn//
    Boredom, Elements of a play
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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. See related entries: Boredom
  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. See related entries: Elements of a play
  4. 4 [countable] (computing) a list of instructions that enable a computer to perform a particular task
  5. Word Originlate 17th cent. (denoting a regular course or procedure): from French, from route ‘road’, from Old French rute ‘road’, from Latin rupta (via) ‘broken (way)’, feminine past participle of rumpere.Extra examples Bags of all visitors to the museum are searched as a matter of routine. Everyone has their own morning routine. I’m sure you know the routine by now. It took me a week to settle into a routine. The children were confused by the change of routine. We go through the same old routine every morning. a break in my usual routine Admission to hospital involves a change of environment and routine. Her aim was to establish some kind of order and routine in the place. It was claimed that torture of detainees was routine. Make exercise a part of your daily routine. She fell into a routine of taking the baby to the park after lunch. Their schedules and routines are seldom monotonous. We clean and repair the machines as a matter of routine. Work out a routine for updating the list regularly.
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