Definition of routine in English:


Line breaks: rou|tine
Pronunciation: /ruːˈtiːn


  • 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
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    • 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.
    procedure, practice, pattern, drill, regime, regimen, groove; programme, schedule, plan; formula, method, system, order; ways, customs, habits, usages; wont; Latin modus operandi
    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
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    • 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.
    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.
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    • 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.


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



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  • 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.


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

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