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[roo-teen] /ruˈtin/

a customary or regular course of procedure.
commonplace tasks, chores, or duties as must be done regularly or at specified intervals; typical or everyday activity:
the routine of an office.
regular, unvarying, habitual, unimaginative, or rote procedure.
an unvarying and constantly repeated formula, as of speech or action; convenient or predictable response:
Don’t give me that brotherly-love routine!

an individual act, performance, or part of a performance, as a song or dance, given regularly by an entertainer:
a comic routine; a dance routine.
of the nature of, proceeding by, or adhering to routine:
routine duties.
dull or uninteresting; commonplace.
a usual or regular method of procedure, esp one that is unvarying
(computing) a program or part of a program performing a specific function: an input routine, an output routine
a set sequence of dance steps
(informal) a hackneyed or insincere speech
of, relating to, or characteristic of routine

1670s, from French routine “usual course of action, beaten path” (16c.), from route “way, path, course” (see route (n.)) + noun suffix -ine (see -ine (1)). Theatrical or athletic performance sense is from 1926. The adjective is attested from 1817, from the noun. Related: Routinely.



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