Definition of route in English:


Syllabification: route
Pronunciation: /ro͞ot, rout


  • 1A way or course taken in getting from a starting point to a destination: the most direct route is via Los Angeles
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    • Emi's limo was currently taking the scenic route, with its eventual destination as the Ishiyama mansion.
    • They both take alternate routes to reach their destination.
    • Shipping of rice to the north was hindered by privateering in shipping routes to those destinations.
    way, course, road, path, direction; passage, journey
  • 1.1The line of a road, path, railroad, etc..
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    • Some of the worst black spots occur on train routes or main arterial roads around the country.
    • New railway routes had enabled suburbs to spread far beyond the gold-rush city, so that, by 1891, Melbourne encompassed twice the area of Sydney.
    • Such information can then let them target ads for specific markets to specific bus lines or train routes.
  • 1.2North American A circuit traveled in delivering, selling, or collecting goods.
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    • The benchmark run was the actual milk collection and delivery routes used by the cooperative.
    • The committee distributed weekly questionnaires on African American history, delivering them on routes primarily in black neighborhoods.
    • For example, we make sure all of the drivers on our routes deliver milk the same way.
  • 1.3A method or process leading to a specified result: the many routes to a healthier diet will be described
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    • Going the blazing guns route almost always resulted in extreme failure for me.
    • A fixed canon does not solve problems, nor provide a healthy route for progress.
    • As we continue to gain technical understanding of the routes of exposure, we gain practical understanding of steps that will reduce risk.

verb (routes, routing or British routeing, routed)

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  • Send or direct along a specified course: all lines of communication were routed through Atlanta
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    • The software lets you use pseudonyms on the Web, and it routes all of your Web activity through encrypted servers, making you virtually untraceable online.
    • In lending, it routes each customer's loan application to four different banks and makes an average of about $500 when the loan closes.
    • He looks at the address on the envelope of a packet of information, and then he routes the packet to the specified mailbox.
    direct, send, convey, dispatch, forward


Middle English: from Old French rute 'road', from Latin rupta (via) 'broken (way)', feminine past participle of rumpere.

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