a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program : I settled down into a routine of work and sleep | as a matter of routine a report will be sent to the director.
• a 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.
• Computing a sequence of instructions for performing a task that forms a program or a distinct part of one.
performed as part of a regular procedure rather than for a special reason : the principal insisted that this was just a routine annual drill.
• monotonous or tedious : we are set in our dull routine existence.
verb [ trans. ] rare
organize according to a routine : all had been routined with smoothness.
ORIGIN late 17th cent.(denoting a regular course or procedure): from French, from route ‘road’ (see route ).
1 his morning routine procedure, practice, pattern, drill, regimen; program, schedule, plan; formula, method, system; customs, habits; wont.
2 a stand-up routine act, performance, number, turn, piece; informal spiel, patter, shtick.
a routine safety inspection standard, regular, customary, normal, usual, ordinary, typical; everyday, common, commonplace, conventional, habitual, wonted. antonym unusual.
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