Definition of route in English:

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Pronunciation: /ro͞ot/
Pronunciation: /rout/


1A way or course taken in getting from a starting point to a destination: the most direct route is via Los Angeles
More example sentences
  • 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)

[with object]
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.

Words that rhyme with route

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Syllabification: route

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