routeroute1 /ruːt $ ruːt, raʊt/ ●●●S3W2AWL noun [countable]1TTWAY/ROUTEa way from one place to anotherroute to/fromWhat’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 home2WAY/ROUTEa way between two places that buses, planes, ships etc regularly travelbus/air/shipping etc routeIs your office on a bus route?cycle route (=a way between two places that only people on bicycles can use)3WAY/METHODa way of doing something or achieving a particular resultroute tothe surest route to disasterKennedy arrived at the same conclusion by a different route.4 →Route 66/54 etcCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + routea direct routeThe motorway is the most direct route.the best routeLet's look at the map and work out the best route.the quickest/shortest routeWe took the shortest route back to the hotel.a roundabout route (also a circuitous route formal) (=one that is not at all direct)Sorry we're late. We took a rather circuitous route.the scenic route (=a route that is not direct but goes through beautiful country)I decided to take the scenic route.a northerly/southerly etc routeShe followed the northerly route across Spain to Bilbao.the same routeHe had intended to return by the same route.a different routeIs this a different route than the one we took before?an alternative route (=one that you can use instead)Holiday-makers bound for South Wales are advised to find an alternative route.an escape route (=a way of leaving a building or place in an emergency such as a fire)Check that your escape route is clear.verbsfollow a routeAre we following the right route?take a routeThey had been forced to take a longer route.plan your routeWe studied the map and planned our route.
routeroute2AWL verb [transitive]TTSENDto send something somewhere using a particular routeroute something through/via somethingThey had to route the goods through Germany. →re-route→ See Verb table
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route• The rule also pushes up costs, since a non-bank can not route all its card business through its main financedepartment.From Longman Business Dictionaryrouteroute1 /ruːtruːt, raʊt/ noun [countable]1a way from one place to another, especially a way that is regularly used by a bus, plane, ship etcWhat’s the best route to Cambridge?The London-New York route is the busiest.Is your office on a bus route?the disruption of shipping routes2en route (from/to/for) on the way somewhereWe remained in Belgrade for a few hours en route to Montenegro.3a way of doing something or achieving a particular resultWe believe the only route to continued success is to stay in touch with our customers.4Route 54,66 etc used to show the number of a main road in the USTake Route 95 through Connecticut.routeroute2 verb [transitive]TRANSPORTto send something or someone using a particular routeroute somebody/something through/by somethingThey had to route goods through Germany.→ See Verb table