Meaning of routine in English:


Pronunciation /ruːˈtiːn/

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  • 1A sequence of actions regularly followed.

    ‘I settled down into a routine of work and sleep’
    • ‘as a matter of routine a report will be sent to the director’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Inside and outside the house the same routine was followed as in the previous year.’
    • ‘Everything had shaken into place and everyone on the tour, bands and crew alike, had fixed routines to follow, which saved them from having to think too hard.’
    • ‘But you had only to count the days to know that we were not there yet, that our regular routine would continue for another ten days or so.’
    • ‘Because they focus on adherence to routines, process management activities have the potential to affect an organization's technological innovations.’
    • ‘Parasoft's own developers follow a strict routine and are required to turn in their code for testing every night by 7.’
    • ‘There's a routine that we follow in the prison, day in day out, getting up for the bell and going to bed again when it sounds for the last time.’
    • ‘I grabbed my stuff, then we headed to his locker, a routine we followed everyday.’
    • ‘Anne went back to her regular routine and worked until it grew dark outside.’
    • ‘He developed a nightly routine of studying a few chapters by the light of the campfire.’
    • ‘The manager must be a hands-on line manager who has gone through the firm's work routines and processes, and knows first-hand the product, market, business environment, and industry.’
    • ‘So the weeks passed, and my regular routines kept going, Rob just became a part of them.’
    • ‘Although many said the regular routine of their lives was perfectly amiable, all agreed that just occasionally there needed to be great rejoicing of some kind.’
    • ‘I followed the usual morning routine in a hazy daze; I showered, brushed my teeth, got dressed, etc.’
    • ‘And he also didn't follow his usual bedtime routine after his prayers.’
    • ‘Organizations develop routines around the use of existing technologies, giving rise to a self-reinforcing cycle of stability.’
    • ‘In the evening after work Rebecca went about her normal routine of making supper for the children and then getting them ready for bed after television.’
    • ‘Almost as routine as brushing one's teeth, checking e-mail has worked its way into the daily routine of millions.’
    • ‘With insurers paying for even routine care, consumers lack incentives to shop for low-cost, high-value care.’
    procedure, practice, pattern, drill, regime, regimen, groove
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    1. 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They're the Rockettes, world famous for their eye-high kicks and precise dance routines.’
      • ‘Instead, it's best to ease back into your dance routine, increasing physical demands by five percent per week.’
      • ‘You don't expect someone like that to be involved in dance routines, onstage, but he does it and pulls it off, and he's just brilliant.’
      • ‘She wound up her dance routine with a wobbly pirouette and took a little bow.’
      • ‘Middleton climaxed her routine by performing full splits.’
      • ‘Jackie believes that fight scenes are very similar to dance routines, because they stress the line of the human body.’
      • ‘The wonderful jazzy numbers set the scene for some truly amazing tap routines.’
      • ‘Kreviazuk's live shows are part concert, part comedy routine, part emotional rendering.’
      • ‘It's essentially a series of vaudeville comedy routines.’
      • ‘Yet it's fun to hear the boogie-woogie and swing music of the period, which inspires Astaire to some great double-time tap routines.’
      • ‘The emphasis of dance team is on learning and performing choreographed routines rather than on the underlying technique.’
      • ‘She executed a rhythm tap dancing routine in the 1928 musical Cross My Heart which stopped the show cold every night.’
      • ‘He approaches Liliya and the two begin to dance their old routine.’
      • ‘Excerpts from their respective solo routines are incorporated, perhaps to keep the fans sweet.’
      • ‘The group works a played-out routine, but it does so in highly entertaining fashion.’
      • ‘They bowed slightly, the way they did at competitions, after their routines.’
      • ‘His show Toujours L' Amour still sells out at the National Theatre in Bucharest after five years - Raluca had been to see it six times - and he is constantly developing new routines for new shows.’
      act, performance, number, turn, piece, line
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    2. 1.2Computing A sequence of instructions for performing a task that forms a program or a distinct part of one.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘Any modifications to the database required external support and complete reprogramming of routines to ensure data integrity across the three tables.’
      • ‘I was famed for my ability to press all the right buttons in the install routine by simply following the instructions and not freezing up like a rabbit in the headlights.’


  • Performed as part of a regular procedure rather than for a special reason.

    ‘the Ministry insisted that this was just a routine annual drill’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Paulsen suggests rotating backup tapes to ensure minimal wear and tear, and to perform routine tests, such as reformatting and retensioning.’
    • ‘He insists this was an innocent, routine reminder of company procedures.’
    • ‘The best advice is to send your machine in for routine service rather than tolerate intermittent problems.’
    • ‘In one case, workers reported that they'd performed some routine maintenance on the spinning machine that made the housing for fans.’
    • ‘In the absence of suitable partners, they perform routine tasks for one another as a kind of intimate courtesy.’
    • ‘A squadron of the Guard in the barracks courtyard was doing routine drills.’
    • ‘Mothers or other adult caretakers feed children, dress them, and perform routine physical care well into the young childhood years.’
    • ‘The Stock Exchange is carrying out a routine examination into unusual share price movements ahead of a company announcement.’
    • ‘One of the many endearing peculiarities of academic life at Harvard is that even routine departmental meetings sometimes turn out to be catered.’
    • ‘The police should not have routine access to campus that could be used to monitor or interfere with political activity.’
    • ‘Even the routine stuff, connecting new pipelines, is unimaginably difficult.’
    • ‘The device was scuttling over the crates in the cargo bay, making a few routine diagnostic checks, when its sensors picked up some anomalous readings.’
    • ‘What should be a routine story in most national papers suddenly assumes gigantic proportions when the editor of a leading paper uses it to thrash the present government.’
    • ‘Savings multiply as you realise how many routine business processes can be moved out of the enterprise onto the end user through self-service functions.’
    • ‘The management said it was a routine warning.’
    • ‘The cost of treatment in respect of infertility is allowable but not routine maternity care resulting from a pregnancy.’
    • ‘Vets had spotted suspect lesions on the sheep while carrying out routine checks.’
    standard, regular, customary, accustomed, normal, usual, ordinary, established, natural, unexceptional, typical
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[with object] rare
  • Organize according to a routine.

    • ‘all had been routined with smoothness’


Late 17th century (denoting a regular course or procedure): from French, from route ‘road’ (see route).