routine Definition

  • 1a sequence of actions regularly followed
  • 2a set of customary or unchanging and often mechanically performed activities or procedures

Using routine: Examples

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

  • Example

    My morning routine includes jogging and meditation.

  • Example

    The team went through their pre-game routine.

  • Example

    She followed her beauty routine every night before bed.

  • Example

    The teacher's lesson routine was well-established.

routine Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using routine

  • in a rut

    stuck in a boring or monotonous routine


    I feel like I'm in a rut with my job and need to make a change.

  • a phrase used to describe a predictable or unchanging pattern of behavior


    I'm tired of the same old routine and need to try something new.

  • go through the motions

    to do something without enthusiasm or interest, often because it is part of a routine


    I was just going through the motions at work today because I didn't feel motivated.

Phrases with routine

  • to establish a regular pattern of behavior


    It took me a while to get into a routine after starting my new job.

  • to do something different from one's usual activities


    I decided to break the routine and take a spontaneous trip to the beach.

  • the set of activities that one does on a typical day


    Her daily routine includes waking up early, going for a run, and making breakfast.

Origins of routine

from French 'routine', meaning 'a usual course of action'


Summary: routine in Brief

The term 'routine' [roo-teen] refers to a sequence of regularly followed actions, often involving mechanical procedures. It can be applied to daily activities, such as 'My morning routine,' or more formal settings, like 'The teacher's lesson routine.' The phrase 'get into a routine' means to establish a regular pattern of behavior, while 'in a rut' describes being stuck in a boring or monotonous routine.

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