From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishroutinerou‧tine1 /ruːˈtiːn/ ●●○ W3 noun 1 [countable, uncountable]CHANGE FROM ONE THING TO ANOTHER the usual order in which you do things, or the things you regularly do John’s departure had upset their daily routine. Try to get into a routine (=develop a fixed order of doing things). my daily exercise routine Dressing 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 performance a 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.
Examples from the Corpusroutine• Most babies soon develop a daily routine of eating and sleeping.• The starlings' daily routine in the Park begins at dawn.• The daily routine starts early, around 6:00 a.m.• Still, others managed to maintain their daily routines.• His routine consisted of work, dinner, then TV and bed.• I was looking for a way out of the monotonous routine at the factory.• This practice should be based on proven principles, acceptable to all, and not on routine and ritual.• By representing words in the definitions as integers, storage requirements decrease dramatically and efficient sorting routines become easily applicable.• Now, with hearing loss, the routine needs to be reviewed, to plan when to talk and when not to.• These routines are written in assembly language but called as procedures or functions from Pascal modules.• She does not like having her work routine interrupted.• You should still play a full part in Arrange definite times and a workable routine.matter of routine• Blood samples should be taken to measure the client's electrolyte and urea levels as a matter of routine.• Search at the police station should not be undertaken as a matter of routine but only where justified under Lindley v. Rutter.• By May first, I was able to walk from ten to twelve yards as a matter of routine.• The eventual change-over becomes a matter of routine.• The family in the house is oblivious; coughing is a matter of routine.• Was it a matter of routine, or was there some specific, possibly propagandist purpose?• Officials at the exchange said yesterday that its current investigation was a matter of routine.• After that, it was a matter of routine procedure.dance routine• To the outsider the movements of a kata resemble a dance routine.• No experience is necessary and all dance routines will be taught by the club's choreographer.• Suzi Hoflin came in with two of her pupils and put Ingrid through a reasonable enough gypsy dance routine.• It's a very young role and she has to lead the gypsy dance routine.• Three o'clock in the morning, bopping through a weird limb-jerking dance routine, and she looks like a child at playschool.• I've been practising this mega dance routine.• My costume fits O.K.; the tight velvet pants worked well in the dance routine work-through this morning.• She'd rehearsed a number at her house with our choreographer the evening before, a whole dance routine. routinerou‧tine2 /ˌruːˈtiːn◂/ ●●○ adjective 1 ORDINARYhappening as a normal part of a job or process You mustn’t worry. These are just routine enquiries. routine maintenance work a routine operation► see thesaurus at normal2 ORDINARYordinary and boringroutine jobs/tasks routine 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 Corpusroutine• Cabinet scandals 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 daylight savings time.• Systems need to be updated on a routine basis.• 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 routine check of the plane.• But United, lacking six regular players, dismantled Leicester's presumptuousness with the routine efficiency of a surgeon removing an appendix.• Police found the heroin during a routine inspection of a ship.• A major electrical fault was found during a routine safety inspection.• The hospital carried out some routine tests.• It was on a Saturday 15 years ago that during a routine visit 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 forward planner, 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.• Capable accountants and auditors should advance rapidly; those having inadequate academic preparation may be assigned routine jobs and find promotion difficult.• What's more, routine jobs bore people.• Automatic equipment 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.Origin routine1 (1600-1700) French Old French route; → ROUTE1