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



    BrE BrE//ruːˈtiːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ruːˈtiːn//
    [usually before noun] Boredom
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  1. 1  done or happening as a normal part of a particular job, situation or process routine enquiries/questions/tests The fault was discovered during a routine check.
  2. 2  not 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. See related entries: Boredom
  4. 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 Hip operations are fairly routine these days. Don’t worry—these are just routine enquiries. Every day we went to our routine, boring and badly-paid jobs. For some patients, a very routine existence is preferable. He died of heart failure during a routine operation. I have little patience with routine tasks such as washing up. I’m out at the club most nights, while the wife stops in with the kids—that’s fairly routine round here.
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