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English definition of “routine”


noun [C/U]    /ruˈtin/
a usual set of activities or way of doing things: [C] Getting coffee and a bagel was part of my daily routine. A routine is also a particular set of activities performed to entertain others: [C] a comedy/skating routine routine    /ruˈtin/ adjective [not gradable] The test is part of a routine six-month checkup. routinely    /ruˈtin·li/ adverb [not gradable] She routinely works out at the gym.
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