AskDefine | Define routine

Dictionary Definition

routine adj
1 occurring at fixed times or predictable intervals; "made her routine trip to the store"
2 found in the ordinary course of events; "a placid everyday scene"; "it was a routine day"; "there's nothing quite like a real...train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute"- Anita Diamant [syn: everyday, mundane, quotidian, unremarkable, workaday]


1 an unvarying or habitual method of procedure [syn: modus operandi]
2 a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did" [syn: act, number, turn, bit]
3 a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program [syn: subroutine, subprogram, procedure, function]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Routine



  1. A course of action to be followed regularly; a standard procedure
  2. A set of normal procedures, often performed mechanically
    Connie was completely robotic and emotionless by age 12; her entire life had become one big routine.
  3. A set piece of an entertainer's act
  4. A set of instructions designed to perform a specific task; a subroutine


course of action to be followed regularly; a standard procedure
set of normal procedures, often performed mechanically
set piece of an entertainer's act
computing: set of instructions designed to perform a specific task


  1. According to established procedure
  2. Regular; habitual
  3. Ordinary with nothing to distinguish it from all the others
according to established procedure
regular; habitual
ordinary with nothing to distinguish it from all the others

Extensive Definition

Routine may refer to:
routine in German: Routine
routine in French: Routine
routine in Japanese: ルーチン

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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