routine - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] your usual way of doing things, especially when you do them in a fixed order at the same time

    Young children tend to welcome some form of routine.

    It shouldn’t take too long to get back to our old routine.

    Staying at your desk until 7.30 pm has become routine.

  2. 2
    [countable] a set of things such as jokes or songs that a performer practises and uses regularly

    a comedy/dance routine

  3. 3
    [countable] a false way of behaving that is intended to achieve a particular result

    Spare me the ‘poor little me, I haven’t any money’ routine!

  4. 4
    [countable] computing a set of instructions that a computer obeys