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Topic: TRANSPORT

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: Vulgar Latin rupta (via) 'broken way', from Latin ruptus 'broken'

route

1 noun
     
route1 W2 [countable]
1TT a way from one place to another
route to/from
What's the best route to Cambridge?
take/follow a route (=use a route)
We weren't sure about which route we should take.
the most direct route home
2 a way between two places that buses, planes, ships etc regularly travel
bus/air/shipping etc route
Is your office on a bus route?
cycle route (=a way between two places that only people on bicycles can use)
3 a way of doing something or achieving a particular result
route to
the surest route to disaster
Kennedy arrived at the same conclusion by a different route.
4

Route 66/54 etc

TTR used to show the number of a main road in the US

➔ paper route

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