Definition of “route” - English Dictionary

“route” in British English

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routenoun [ C ]

uk /ruːt/ us /ruːt/ /raʊt/

B1 a particular way or direction between places:

The route we had planned took us right across Greece.
I live on a bus route so I can easily get to work.

C2 a method of achieving something:

A college education is often the best route to a good job.

US UK round a set of regular visits that you make to a number of places or people, especially in order to take products as part of your job

More examples

  • The route is all downhill from here to the finish.
  • Police lined the route of the demonstration.
  • We can decide which route to take nearer the time.
  • Before the new railway was built, its route was carefully surveyed.
  • Some airlines have cancelled less popular routes in an effort to maximize profits.

routeverb [ T usually + adv/prep ]

uk /ruːt/ us /ruːt/ /raʊt/

(Definition of “route” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“route” in American English

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routenoun [ C ]

us /rut, rɑʊt/

a particular way or direction between places:

The most direct route is to take the expressway.

A route is also a fixed path for regularly moving or delivering people or things:

bus routes
a supply route

(Definition of “route” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“route” in Business English

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routenoun [ C ]

uk /ruːt/ us /ruːt, raʊt/

TRANSPORT a particular way from one place to another, especially the way that a bus, train, plane, etc. travels regularly:

a shipping route
a bus/train/plane route

a method of achieving something:

a route to (doing) sth An internship is one of the best routes to gaining experience in the industry.

→  round noun

routeverb [ T ]

uk /ruːt/ us /ruːt, raʊt/

IT to send information from one computer system to another:

route sth from/to sth Find out how to use the application to route email from other folders in your mailbox.

to send someone or something a particular way:

route sth to/via sth Deliveries are routed via New York.

(Definition of “route” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)