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(1)   Found in the ordinary course of events
"A placid everyday scene"
"It was a routine day"
"There's nothing quite like a real...train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute"- Anita Diamant
(2)   Occurring at fixed times or predictable intervals
"Made her routine trip to the store"


(3)   An unvarying or habitual method or procedure
(4)   A set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
(5)   A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
"He did his act three times every evening"
"She had a catchy little routine"
"It was one of the best numbers he ever did"


  1. A course of action to be followed regularly; a standard procedure
  2. A set of normal procedures, often performed mechanically
    Connie was completely robotic and emotionless by age 12; her entire life had become one big routine.
  3. A set piece of an entertainer's act
  4. A set of instructions designed to perform a specific task; a subroutine


  1. According to established procedure
  2. regular; habitual
  3. Ordinary with nothing to distinguish it from all the others


From : road, route; and : a suffix for diminutive purpose