- a road, way, or course for traveling; esp., a highway
- a course taken to achieve some end: an unorthodox career route
- a regular course traveled as in delivering mail, milk, newspapers, etc.
- a set of customers whom one regularly visits to make deliveries, solicit sales, etc.
- Archaic an order for troops to march
Origin of routeMiddle English from Old French route, rote from Classical Latin rupta (via), (path) broken through from feminine of ruptus, past participle of rumpere, to break: see rupture
transitive verbrout′ed, rout′ing
- to direct, send, forward, or transport by a specified route: to route goods through Omaha
- to fix the order of procedure of (a series of operations, etc.): to route orders through the sales department
go the route