Definition of route in US English:



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

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


  • with object and adverbial of direction Send or direct along a specified course.

    ‘all lines of communication were routed through Atlanta’
    • ‘In lending, it routes each customer's loan application to four different banks and makes an average of about $500 when the loan closes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All requests for foreign purchases of South African property must be routed through an authorised dealer, in other words a registered banker.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The remaining 9,000 shares would be routed to whichever markets offer the second-best price - and so on until the order is filled.’
    • ‘Any attempt to speak to them is routed to a vast office where harassed and underpaid staff attempt to deal with routine inquiries.’
    • ‘I switched my receiver to stereo mode, and everything was routed to the front right speaker.’
    • ‘He looks at the address on the envelope of a packet of information, and then he routes the packet to the specified mailbox.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Similarly, preferred clients could have their data routed to a higher-speed server.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The system relies on maintaining all three connections whenever possible and simply routing data packets onto whichever offers the fastest throughput.’
    • ‘The Korean forum has focused upon wired networking, including powerline networking, to route content throughout the home, he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘You should route all power to the fusion reactor,’ Mark called above the din.’
    • ‘This means that requests for service need to be intercepted or inspected so they can be routed to the most appropriate service instance available.’
    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.