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noun [countable]     route pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    a way that buses, trains, ships, or planes travel regularly

    the West Coast 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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