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routine

noun uk   /ruːˈtiːn/ us  
B1 [C or U] a usual or fixed way of doing things: There's no set/fixed routine at work - every day is different. He checks under the car for bombs as a matter of routine. [C] a regular series of movements, jokes, or similar things used in a performance: an exercise/dance routine He went into his usual "I'm the head of the family" routine (= usual way of speaking). [C] specialized computing a part of a computer program that does a particular operation
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routine

adjective uk   /ruːˈtiːn/ us  
done as part of what usually happens, and not for any special reason: a routine inspection/medical check-up ordinary and not special or unusual: a routine case of appendicitis He died during a routine operation which went wrong.C2 disapproving ordinary and boring: My job is so routine and boring - I hate it.
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