route Definition

  • 1a way or course taken in getting from a starting point to a destination
  • 2a method or way of achieving something

Using route: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "route" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The shortest route to the station is through the park.

  • Example

    We took a scenic route through the countryside.

  • Example

    The company is looking for new routes to expand their business.

  • Example

    She found a route to success through hard work and determination.

route Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for route

Antonyms for route

Idioms Using route

  • on the right/wrong track

    doing something correctly/incorrectly


    I think we're on the right track with this project.

  • to go to a less popular or less crowded place


    Let's get off the beaten track and explore some of the smaller towns.

  • to be unaware of how much time has passed


    I was so engrossed in my book that I lost track of time.

Phrases with route

  • the primary or most frequently used path or course


    The main route to the city center is always congested during rush hour.

  • a path or course used for commercial transportation of goods or services


    The Silk Road was a famous trade route connecting China and Europe.

  • a way out of a dangerous or difficult situation


    The hikers were lost in the mountains with no escape route.

Origins of route

from Old French 'rute', meaning 'road'


Summary: route in Brief

The term 'route' [ruːt] refers to a way or course taken to reach a destination or achieve something. It can be a physical path, as in 'The shortest route to the station is through the park,' or a metaphorical one, as in 'She found a route to success through hard work and determination.' 'Route' extends into phrases like 'main route,' and idioms like 'on the right/wrong track,' denoting correct or incorrect actions, and 'lose track of time,' indicating a lack of awareness of time.

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