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[roo-teen] /ruˈtin/
a customary or regular course of procedure.
commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity:
the routine of an office.
regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, or rote procedure.
an unvarying and constantly repeated formula, as of speech or action; convenient or predictable response:
Don't give me that brotherly-love routine!
  1. a complete set of coded instructions directing a computer to perform a series of operations.
  2. a series of operations performed by the computer.
an individual act, performance, or part of a performance, as a song or dance, given regularly by an entertainer:
a comic routine; a dance routine.
of the nature of, proceeding by, or adhering to routine:
routine duties.
dull or uninteresting; commonplace.
Origin of routine
1670-80; < French, derivative of route route
Related forms
routinely, adverb
routineness, noun
nonroutine, adjective, noun
unroutine, adjective
unroutinely, adverb
Can be confused
regular, routine.
8. habitual, ordinary, typical. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for routine
  • In this age the quiet surface of routine is as often ruffled by attempts to resuscitate past evils, as to introduce new benefits.
  • Knowing where to sit in the cafeteria became routine, and it no longer filled me with uncertainty.
  • Once delivery begins on a regular basis, monthly issues should arrive in a routine manner.
  • Nearly half could be helped by a procedure that's become routine in many nations-cataract surgery.
  • The pair was also beset with injuries, both routine and scary, that tested their resolve and resourcefulness.
  • Collins envisions a day soon when everyone's genome will be sequenced and included as a routine part of their medical records.
  • Float along with us through your kitchen, closet, and daily routine to figure out your water footprint.
  • Instead of relying on your usual routine, buy a special notebook in which to carry all your pre- and post-arrival notes.
  • As you head back to school, see if you can add a few of these tips to your school routine.
  • Kathleen finds that she is helped by having a particular routine for her first half-hour of the morning.
British Dictionary definitions for routine


a usual or regular method of procedure, esp one that is unvarying
(computing) a program or part of a program performing a specific function: an input routine, an output routine
a set sequence of dance steps
(informal) a hackneyed or insincere speech
of, relating to, or characteristic of routine
Derived Forms
routinely, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Old French, from route a customary way, route
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Word Origin and History for routine

1670s, from French routine "usual course of action, beaten path" (16c.), from route "way, path, course" (see route (n.)) + noun suffix -ine (see -ine (1)). Theatrical or athletic performance sense is from 1926. The adjective is attested from 1817, from the noun. Related: Routinely.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for routine


  1. A passage of behavior; act; bit, riff, shtick: They did a Laurel and Hardy routine (1926+ Show business)
  2. An evasive or contrived response: I look for revelation and get routine (1950s+ Cool talk)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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routine in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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