Definition of route in English:



  • 1A way or course taken in getting from a starting point to a destination.

    ‘the scenic route from Florence to Siena’
    • ‘Wagner had fled from Dresden just a few weeks before Hugo had left Stuttgart, and both had taken the route to Paris via Switzerland.’
    • ‘Her friend tried to lead the way, but there were more officers along the street who kept blocking escape routes, so their course was disrupted.’
    • ‘The idea assumes that most people, most of the time, will take the simplest route to their destination.’
    • ‘The girls were walking back via the scenic route, which led past the old makeshift campsite.’
    • ‘I hoped fervently that we would be taking a different route on the way out.’
    • ‘In many ways, the choice is akin to taking two different routes to the same destination.’
    • ‘They both take alternate routes to reach their destination.’
    • ‘The updated system will allow any product to find the most efficient route to its destination, cutting lead times by 14 days.’
    • ‘They proposed opening trade routes, which of course would lead to closer relations between the estranged societies.’
    • ‘They are looking for scenic routes with comfortable overnight accommodation.’
    • ‘Manrique pushed initiatives to safeguard the island's natural and cultural heritage while at the same time mapping out a scenic route for touring the island.’
    • ‘Emi's limo was currently taking the scenic route, with its eventual destination as the Ishiyama mansion.’
    • ‘Every now and then, the scenic route would change.’
    • ‘From here, the entrance route is via a semi-enclosed courtyard with a concrete retaining wall.’
    • ‘Other services let drivers view traffic cams to find the best route to any destination - and receive voice prompts to direct them at intersections.’
    • ‘The couple have the option of heading back to Derry along the A2 or taking a longer, more scenic route via Dungiven.’
    • ‘The carriage awaited him, and as soon as he was aboard, he continued his route to his destination of the estate.’
    • ‘Shipping of rice to the north was hindered by privateering in shipping routes to those destinations.’
    • ‘When Douglass makes his first escape attempt, he plans a route on the Chesapeake Bay.’
    • ‘She followed her in stages - waiting further along the escape route each night - all the way back to her refuge in the park.’
    way, course, road, path, avenue, direction
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    1. 1.1 The line of a road, path, railway, etc.
      ‘proposals have been put forward for a new route around the south of the town’
      • ‘Brave campaigners occupy beautiful wildlife sites along imminent road routes, tunnelling deep before the bulldozers move in.’
      • ‘Such information can then let them target ads for specific markets to specific bus lines or train routes.’
      • ‘The 7.8 acre site on the Kinsale Road in Cork is close to the Kinsale roundabout giving access to the South Ring Road, Lee Tunnel and main arterial routes.’
      • ‘Bridges and tunnels are being built to link cities and towns to the railway route.’
      • ‘The site is close to the route planned for the extension of the M50, as well as Stackstown golf course and Marlay Park.’
      • ‘The car proved very enjoyable to drive on the twisty roads of the test route behind Barcelona.’
      • ‘Campaigns tended to be fought along railway routes, which sometimes made the armoured train decisive.’
      • ‘A number of avenues could be explored to resolve the problem of vehicles striking low railway bridges in areas outside the main motorway routes.’
      • ‘Ryanair now operates dozens of new routes to destinations all over Europe, but out of Stansted, in London.’
      • ‘The route will shorten travel time between Hong Kong and New York from 33 days to 26 days.’
      • ‘Buses on dedicated routes can regularly travel at 35 miles per hour and adhere far more closely to schedules.’
      • ‘One of the locations may not contain necessary connectors such as ferry routes or main roads.’
      • ‘The accident happened at 9.30 pm on route 95 as a result of a previous accident.’
      • ‘Other hot spots include Williamstown, Grantstown and Ballygunner, which follow the route of the Waterford ring road.’
      • ‘The following year the Government launched a public consultation process for a route from Tallaght to Dundrum via the city centre.’
      • ‘This corridor would connect Sligo, Galway, Limerick and Cork and open up rail services to towns along the now largely abandoned railway route.’
      • ‘Container integrity is the reasonable assurance that the contents shipped - via overseas and truck routes - are those that were ordered.’
      • ‘New railway routes had enabled suburbs to spread far beyond the gold-rush city, so that, by 1891, Melbourne encompassed twice the area of Sydney.’
      • ‘Founded in 1924, the airline flew on routes between London and destinations in continental Europe until 1927.’
      • ‘Some of the worst black spots occur on train routes or main arterial roads around the country.’
      way, course, approach, road
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    2. 1.2North American A round travelled in delivering, selling, or collecting goods.
      • ‘The benchmark run was the actual milk collection and delivery routes used by the cooperative.’
      • ‘Chandler saved his pennies and began buying those routes, one by one, until 1886 when he owned virtually all the paper delivery routes in the city, including those of his employer's rivals.’
      • ‘Data such as the weekly or daily sales figures from individual delivery routes across the country couldn't be accessed.’
      • ‘Products are distributed in traditional ways on company routes as well as through chain warehouses and distribution centers.’
      • ‘For example, we make sure all of the drivers on our routes deliver milk the same way.’
      • ‘Another key to increasing same-store sales is adding wholesale business by upping the number of grocery stores and other outlets on delivery routes.’
      • ‘They couldn't identify or eliminate unprofitable routes or product lines immediately.’
      • ‘The Texas company pioneered the use of wireless communications on delivery routes.’
      • ‘Rolling-store operators normally traveled set routes on each day of the week.’
      • ‘The committee distributed weekly questionnaires on African American history, delivering them on routes primarily in black neighborhoods.’
      beat, round, run, circuit
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    3. 1.3 A method or process leading to a specified result.
      ‘the many routes to a healthier diet will be described’
      • ‘I've always believed that decency and honesty are the best routes to success.’
      • ‘This process involves examining the options available to achieve the agreed objectives and finding the strategic route forward.’
      • ‘In a global market, consolidation has become a survival strategy, not a route for risk-taking.’
      • ‘These departments could follow the same route and describe their way of working in similar, proven ways.’
      • ‘For many other immigrants, the route to economic stability was in self-sufficiency.’
      • ‘If we can simply preserve as much of that wealth as we can, and use it as efficiently as possible, then we are a long way down the route to financial independence.’
      • ‘I applied for Child Tax Credit months ago via the Internet route.’
      • ‘When confronted with a risk, an entrepreneur weighs the costs and benefits, decides which route makes sense, and takes action.’
      • ‘If the bank is not going to dip into 2002 profits to deal with the problem, then shareholders need to know what other routes it might take to deal with it.’
      • ‘Significant rates of debt reduction by way of the bankruptcy route have consequences that can only be called catastrophic.’
      • ‘Two different routes have been followed by liberal institutionalists in their attempt to explain the emergence of regimes.’
      • ‘How H pylori is usually acquired and its route of transmission are unknown.’
      • ‘Both recognized that in the second half of the twentieth century the best way to succeed in theatre was via the nonprofit route.’
      • ‘Physicians should choose the route of administration based on each patient's financial situation and the risk of noncompliance.’
      • ‘As we continue to gain technical understanding of the routes of exposure, we gain practical understanding of steps that will reduce risk.’
      • ‘Sports is producing more and more superstars as it becomes a route to riches.’
      • ‘They enable more people to invest in property, but in a much more flexible manner than the traditional route of becoming a landlord.’
      • ‘Going the blazing guns route almost always resulted in extreme failure for me.’
      • ‘A fixed canon does not solve problems, nor provide a healthy route for progress.’
      • ‘I'm not someone who believes that working long hours is the route to riches.’
      method, course of action, process, procedure, technique, system
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  • with object and adverbial of direction Send or direct along a specified course.

    ‘all lines of communication were routed through London’
    • ‘Since the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of our west coast co-location provider, we have been routing all of our traffic through our secondary server farm in New York City.’
    • ‘Blocks are sealed, conveyed through metal detectors and routed to an automatic case packer before they are weighed and labeled.’
    • ‘The planar waveguide process involves placing glass fibres on silicon chips in order to provide pathways capable of routing a light signal between fiber optic strands.’
    • ‘This vision is of a rich web of linked information, with markup allowing machines to route relevant information to the audiences that value it most.’
    • ‘He looks at the address on the envelope of a packet of information, and then he routes the packet to the specified mailbox.’
    • ‘Another highlight is the ability to route customer calls based on agent skills, to help prevent customers being transferred by agents unable to help them.’
    • ‘All requests for foreign purchases of South African property must be routed through an authorised dealer, in other words a registered banker.’
    • ‘The Korean forum has focused upon wired networking, including powerline networking, to route content throughout the home, he said.’
    • ‘In lending, it routes each customer's loan application to four different banks and makes an average of about $500 when the loan closes.’
    • ‘Any attempt to speak to them is routed to a vast office where harassed and underpaid staff attempt to deal with routine inquiries.’
    • ‘Similarly, preferred clients could have their data routed to a higher-speed server.’
    • ‘‘You should route all power to the fusion reactor,’ Mark called above the din.’
    • ‘Any shipping making the transition past the Blizzard Falls had to be routed through the port facilities there, making it the gateway from the upper to lower lakes.’
    • ‘When e-mail arrives in your inbox - or any of the folders into which you route your mail - SpamNet compares it with a database of known spam.’
    • ‘This means that requests for service need to be intercepted or inspected so they can be routed to the most appropriate service instance available.’
    • ‘The software lets you use pseudonyms on the Web, and it routes all of your Web activity through encrypted servers, making you virtually untraceable online.’
    • ‘I switched my receiver to stereo mode, and everything was routed to the front right speaker.’
    • ‘The system relies on maintaining all three connections whenever possible and simply routing data packets onto whichever offers the fastest throughput.’
    • ‘The remaining 9,000 shares would be routed to whichever markets offer the second-best price - and so on until the order is filled.’
    • ‘When a packet needs to be routed, the router looks in its routing table for the next-hop IP address the packet should take to get to the destination.’
    direct, send, convey, dispatch, forward
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Middle English: from Old French rute ‘road’, from Latin rupta (via) ‘broken (way)’, feminine past participle of rumpere.