routinerou‧tine1 /ruːˈtiːn/ ●●○W3 noun1[countable, uncountable]CHANGE FROM ONE THING TO ANOTHER the usual order in which you do things, or the things you regularly doJohn’s departure had upset their daily routine.Try to get into a routine (=develop a fixed order of doing things).my daily exercise routineDressing is a task which we do every day as a matter of routine (=done regularly and not unusual).2[countable]APD a set of movements, jokes etc that form part of a performancea dance routine3[countable] technicalTD a set of instructions given to a computer so that it will do a particular operation —routinize /ruːˈtiːnaɪz, ˈruːtiːnaɪz/ verb [transitive] American EnglishCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + routinesomebody’s daily routineMake exercise part of your daily routine.somebody’s normal/usual/regular routineAlthough he'd gone, I continued with my normal routine.somebody’s morning routineHis morning routine started with a cup of tea followed by a shower.the old routineI get sick of the same old routine day after day.a familiar routineCats and dogs like a familiar routine.verbsget (somebody) into a routine (=develop a fixed order of doing things, or make someone do this)Try to get your baby into a routine.slip/fall/settle into a routine (=get into a routine without making any difficulty)The team slipped quickly into a routine.break a routine (=do something different)Bella didn’t break her routine for anyone.disrupt/upset somebody’s routineShe disliked things that disrupted her routine.phrasesa matter of routineThis briefing is a matter of routine whenever a new minister takes office.a break from routine (=a change)I needed a break from routine.
routinerou‧tine2 /ˌruːˈtiːn◂/ ●●○ adjective1ORDINARYhappening as a normal part of a job or processYou mustn’t worry. These are just routine enquiries.routine maintenance worka routine operation► see thesaurus at normal2ORDINARYordinary and boringroutine jobs/tasksroutine tasks such as washing upCOLLOCATIONSnounsroutine maintenanceThe system will be shut down overnight for routine maintenance.routine workWe need more junior staff to help out with the routine work.a routine operation/procedure (=medical operation)Many routine operations had to be cancelled.a routine checkPolice stopped the vehicle for a routine check.routine monitoring/screening/inspectionthe routine screening of milk for contamination
Examples from the Corpus
routine• Cabinetscandals in every administration, regardless of party, are practically routine.• Do you mind if I ask you a few questions? It's just routine.• My job at the newspaper had become routine.• Stick rigidly to saying things that are routine and standard.• His frustration with not carrying the ball at this time of year is as routine as the end of daylightsavings time.• Systems need to be updated on a routinebasis.• The infection was detected during a routine blood test.• I stay through two more routine calls, and we've run out of subjects by five-thirty.• The fault was discovered during a routinecheck of the plane.• But United, lacking six regularplayers, dismantled Leicester's presumptuousness with the routineefficiency of a surgeonremoving an appendix.• Police found the heroin during a routineinspection of a ship.• A major electrical fault was found during a routinesafety inspection.• The hospital carried out some routine tests.• It was on a Saturday 15 years ago that during a routinevisit to the doctor, I learned I had cancer.• There were no other petitioners waiting, and they had routine work to do.routine jobs/tasks• A good forwardplanner, he delegates detailed and routine tasks.• Driving instructors say most of the time they spend in cars with students is occupied by routine tasks.• It is dangerous therefore to allow people to think they have routine jobs.• Capableaccountants and auditors should advance rapidly; those having inadequateacademicpreparation may be assignedroutine jobs and find promotion difficult.• What's more, routine jobsbore people.• Automaticequipment meant that many of the relatively routine tasks could be done more quickly and more accurately.• When the first tourists of the morning arrive, he joins other workers below for the routine tasks of the day.• I have little patience with routine tasks such as washing up, filling in forms, etc. 2.From Longman Business Dictionaryroutinerou‧tine1 /ruːˈtiːn/ noun1[countable, uncountable] the usual, normal, or fixed way in which you do thingsJohn’s departure had upset their daily routine.the usual office routine2[countable]COMPUTING a set of instructions given to a computer so that it will do a particular jobYou can use machine code routines in a number of these programs.routineroutine2 adjective1regular and usualNew software will make it possible for employees to make many routine decisions that previously had to be referred to managers.John had been in Pakistan on routine company business. —routinely adverbEvery organization routinely communicates with its employees about a variety of topics.2ordinary and boringMuch routine work has vanished from factories thanks to modern technology.He was dealing with some routine paperwork.