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routine

Line breaks: rou|tine
Pronunciation: /ruːˈtiːn
 
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Definition of routine in English:

noun

1A sequence of actions regularly followed: I settled down into a routine of work and sleep [mass noun]: as a matter of routine a report will be sent to the director
More example sentences
  • You got your work done then, so that when the weekends came around, there would be no routines to follow or work to be done.
  • Each day, they followed a strict routine of work, ritual baths, and prayer.
  • They followed the same routine with other aspects of the project.
Synonyms
programme, schedule, plan;
formula, method, system, order;
ways, customs, habits, usages;
wont;
formal praxis
1.1A set sequence in a performance such as a dance or comedy act: he was trying to persuade her to have a tap routine in the play
More example sentences
  • For Dinah, the never-ending tap dance routines and smile-this-is-comedy faces are becoming old hat.
  • Many of the performances show amazing dance routines, and songs that fit well into the context of the film.
  • There is one unusual twist in the presentation though: Laurie performs with a DJ, who backs up her routines with minimalist dance music.
Synonyms
act, performance, number, turn, piece, line
informal shtick, spiel, patter
1.2 Computing A sequence of instructions for performing a task that forms a program or a distinct part of one.
Example sentences
  • MPI provides many communication routines to aid the programmer in developing inter-process communication.
  • I created these menus and routines for both programs so that users need only be familiar with that menu to be productive in either one with minimal training.
  • A simple program calls the crypt routine, runs the hash on a word and then compares it to the password entry in the file.

adjective

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Performed as part of a regular procedure rather than for a special reason: the Ministry insisted that this was just a routine annual drill
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  • It has not only allowed for wage savings but also facilitated a greater amount of control, as well as helping perform routine activities such as backing up files.
  • If you wouldn't mind stepping out of the car, we'll just perform a routine search and be on our way.
  • Many people resent this follow-up, which is simply a routine business procedure for the agent.
Synonyms

verb

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Organize according to a routine: all had been routined with smoothness

Origin

late 17th century (denoting a regular course or procedure): from French, from route 'road' (see route).

Derivatives

routinely

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The authors routinely dress up commonplace observations in the jargon of theory.
  • People routinely have to trust professionals to do their job responsibly.
  • It is true, scientists everywhere, mainly geneticists, do cloning of particular animals almost routinely.

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