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routinenoun [C/U]

us   /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
adjective [not gradable] us   /ruˈtin/
The test is part of a routine six-month checkup.
routinely
adverb [not gradable] us   /ruˈtin·li/
She routinely works out at the gym.
(Definition of routine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"routine" in British English

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routinenoun

uk   /ruːˈtiːn/ us   /ruːˈtiːn/
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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routineadjective

uk   /ruːˈtiːn/ us   /ruːˈtiːn/
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.
(Definition of routine from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"routine" in Business English

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routinenoun [C or U]

uk   /ruːˈtiːn/ us  
a usual or fixed way of doing things: the usual/daily routinea fixed/set routine The office's fixed routine was disturbed by the large order.
IT a part of a computer program that does a particular operation: She had learned how to program a basic computer routine.

routineadjective

uk   /ruːˈtiːn/ us  
done as part of what usually happens, and not for any special reason: The Center Street Bridge will get only a routine inspection. Most routine business is done in the parliament's Brussels headquarters. a routine decision.
ordinary and boring: The work is dull and routine.
(Definition of routine from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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