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



    BrE BrE//ruːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ruːt//
    , also NAmE//raʊt//
    Train and bus travel
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  1. 1  a way that you follow to get from one place to another Which is the best route to take? Motorists are advised to find an alternative route. a coastal route route (from A to B) the quickest route from Florence to Rome an escape route see also en route
  2. 2  a fixed way along which a bus, train, etc. regularly travels or goods are regularly sent The house is not on a bus route. shipping routes a cycle route (= a path that is only for cyclists) See related entries: Train and bus travel
  3. 3  route (to something) a particular way of achieving something the route to success There are a number of routes to qualifying as a social worker.
  4. 4  used before the number of a main road in the US Route 66
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French rute ‘road’, from Latin rupta (via) ‘broken (way)’, feminine past participle of rumpere.Extra examples Our route lay straight ahead and downhill. The airline currently flies this route twice a day. The alternative route takes you along the river. The bus driver did not seem to know the route. The shortest route home is along the shore. The shortest route home is round the ring road. The snow forced us to take an alternative route. There are plenty of bed and breakfasts along the route. Travellers are advised to find an alternative route during road repairs. We had plenty of time so we took the scenic route. We live on the school bus route. We retraced our route in an attempt to get back on the right path. We’ll stop for lunch en route. You’ll have to plan your route carefully. a circuitous route through the narrow side streets a scenic route through the south of France the air route from Berlin to Beijing the best route to success the most direct route between Bangkok and Chiang Mai the shortest route to Bruges the trade routes linking Persia and China After this point, the two leaders pursue different routes. Each person must follow their own route to happiness. Education was the traditional route out of poverty. If you go down that route there might be no way back. Is the hotel on a bus route? It’s the best route into the city from the south. Motorists are being advised to take an alternative route. Pirates menaced the shipping routes. She does not believe that this is the route to a lasting peace. Some people decided to go down the route of violent protest. Some young people see marriage as a kind of escape route. The biography charts her route to fame from humble beginnings. There are several tried and tested routes to developing your skills. There’s really only one route from the north to the south of the country. These were the ancient trade routes between Europe and Asia. This is not a route I would choose to take. This road is the main route linking the city with the motorway. We took the scenic route through the hills. Which would be the quickest route?
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