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noun [countable] route pronunciation in British English /ruːt/
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  1. 1
    a way that buses, trains, ships, or planes travel regularly
    the West Coast route
    a bus/shipping/trading route
    1. a.
      the roads or paths that you use when you go from one place to another
      It’s a good idea to plan your route before you leave.
      route to: We took an alternative route to the hotel.
      route from: The most direct route from the house to the school is through the town centre.
      take/follow a route: The tunnel is the route taken by most drivers.
      the shortest/quickest/most direct route: The sea was the most direct route between the two cities.
  2. 2
    a way of doing something that produces a particular result
    route to: the route to success/happiness/disaster
    take a route: I’ll need to think carefully before deciding what route to take next.
  3. 3


    used with a number as the name of a major road between cities in the US
    We turned off Route 66 onto a remote road.


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