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French, from Middle French, from route traveled way


  • 1 a : a regular course of procedure <if resort to legal action becomes a campus routine — J. A. Perkins> b : habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure <the routine of factory work>
  • 2 : a reiterated speech or formula <the old “After you” routine — Ray Russell>

83 : a worked-out part (as of an entertainment or sports contest) that may be often repeated <a dance routine> <a gymnastic routine>; especially : a theatrical number

  • 4 : a sequence of computer instructions for performing a particular task

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