Meaning of ROUTINE in English


I. rou ‧ tine 1 W3 /ruːˈtiːn/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1600-1700 ; Language: French ; Origin: Old French route ; ⇨ ↑ route 1 ]

1 . [uncountable and countable] the usual order in which you do things, or the things you regularly do:

John’s departure had upset their daily routine.

Try to get into a routine (=develop a fixed order of doing things) .

my daily exercise routine

Dressing is a task which we do every day as a matter of routine (=done regularly and not unusual) .

2 . [countable] a set of movements, jokes etc that form part of a performance:

a dance routine

3 . [countable] technical a set of instructions given to a computer so that it will do a particular operation

—routinize /ruːˈtiːnaɪz, ˈruːtiːnaɪz/ verb [transitive] American English

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▪ sb’s daily routine

Make exercise part of your daily routine.

▪ sb’s normal/usual/regular routine

Although he'd gone, I continued with my normal routine.

▪ sb’s morning routine

His morning routine started with a cup of tea followed by a shower.

▪ the old routine

I get sick of the same old routine day after day.

▪ a familiar routine

Cats and dogs like a familiar routine.

■ verbs

▪ get (somebody) into a routine (=develop a fixed order of doing things, or make someone do this)

Try to get your baby into a routine.

▪ slip/fall/settle into a routine (=get into a routine without making any difficulty)

The team slipped quickly into a routine.

▪ break a routine (=do something different)

Bella didn’t break her routine for anyone.

▪ disrupt/upset sb’s routine

She disliked things that disrupted her routine.

■ phrases

▪ a matter of routine

This briefing is a matter of routine whenever a new minister takes office.

▪ a break from routine (=a change)

I needed a break from routine.

II. rou ‧ tine 2 /ˌruːˈtiːn◂/ BrE AmE adjective

1 . happening as a normal part of a job or process:

You mustn’t worry. These are just routine enquiries.

routine maintenance work

a routine operation

2 . ordinary and boring

routine jobs/tasks

routine tasks such as washing up

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■ nouns

▪ routine maintenance

The system will be shut down overnight for routine maintenance.

▪ routine work

We need more junior staff to help out with the routine work.

▪ a routine operation/procedure (=medical operation)

Many routine operations had to be cancelled.

▪ a routine check

Police stopped the vehicle for a routine check.

▪ routine monitoring/screening/inspection

the routine screening of milk for contamination

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▪ normal usual, typical, and as you would expect it to be:

Is this cold weather normal for the time of year?


It had been another normal working day in the office.

▪ ordinary ( also regular especially American English ) not special, unusual, or different from normal:

They lived in an ordinary three-bedroomed house.


It looks like an ordinary car, but it uses solar power.


Would you like a regular salad or a Caesar salad?


I just want an ordinary bicycle, not a mountain bike.

▪ average [only before noun] around the usual level or amount:

She is of average height.


He is of above average intelligence.


The average price of a pint of milk has gone up.

▪ standard normal – used about methods of doing something, or about the size, shape, features etc of products:

It’s standard practice to X-ray hand-baggage at most airports.


We stock shoes in all the standard sizes.

▪ routine used about things that are done regularly as part of a series of things:

The fault was discovered during a routine check of the plane.


routine tasks such as shopping and cooking

▪ everyday [only before noun] used about things that happen or that you use as part of normal life:

He painted scenes of everyday life in France.


Sally was still dressed in her everyday clothes.

▪ common used about birds and plants that are of the most usual type, and in the phrase the common people (=people who are not rich and powerful) :

the common goldfish


an alliance between the aristocracy and the common people

▪ conventional [only before noun] of the kind that is usually used – used when comparing this with a different or special type:

The engine is more efficient than a conventional diesel engine.


the drugs used in conventional medicine


conventional weapons (=not nuclear, chemical, or biological)


conventional ovens and microwaves

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.