routes; routed; routing

A route is a way for travel or movement, the path from point A to point B. A route can also be the method used for achieving a particular result, like going to school and working hard is your route to success.

Route comes from an Old French word, rute, “road,” “way,” or “path” and the Latin rupta, “broken way” or “beaten way.” A route can be a highway, like Route 66, or all the places you pass through on the way somewhere, like using a map to find the shortest route. As a verb, route means "to send people or things on a particular course," like detour signs that route you through unfamiliar streets or a package that is routed through Cleveland on its way to you.

Definitions of route
  1. noun
    an established line of travel or access
    synonyms: itinerary, path
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    Northwest Passage
    a water route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean along the northern coast of North America; Europeans since the 16th century had searched for a short route to the Far East before it was successfully traversed by Roald Amundsen (1903-1906)
    Silk Road
    an ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean (4,000 miles); followed by Marco Polo in the 13th century to reach Cathay
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    feeder line
    a branching path off of a main transportation line (especially an airline)
    main line
    the principal route of a transportation system
    data track, track
    (computer science) one of the circular magnetic paths on a magnetic disk that serve as a guide for writing and reading data
    air lane, airway, flight path, skyway
    a designated route followed by airplanes in flying from one airport to another
    approach pattern, pattern, traffic pattern
    the path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport
    flight path
    the path of a rocket or projectile or aircraft through the air
    beat, round
    a regular route for a sentry or policeman
    bus route
    the route regularly followed by a passenger bus
    line of flight
    the path along which a freely moving object travels through the air
    line of march
    the route along which a column advances
    celestial orbit, orbit
    the (usually elliptical) path described by one celestial body in its revolution about another
    electron orbit, orbit
    the path of an electron around the nucleus of an atom
    paper round, paper route
    the route taken when delivering newspapers every day
    the most direct route
    an established itinerary of venues or events that a particular group of people travel to
    a diagonal path
    supply line, supply route
    a route over which supplies can be delivered
    line of fire
    the path of a missile discharged from a firearm
    flyway, migration route
    the geographic route along which birds customarily migrate
    the usual course taken by vessels through a harbor or coastal waters
    direction, way
    a line leading to a place or point
    trade route
    a route followed by traders (usually in caravans)
    approach, approach path, glide path, glide slope
    the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
    holding pattern
    the flight path (usually circular) maintained by an aircraft that is awaiting permission to land
    geosynchronous orbit
    a circular orbit around the Earth having a period of 24 hours
    aim, bearing, heading
    the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
    course, trend
    general line of orientation
    east-west direction
    in a direction parallel with lines of latitude
    north-south direction
    in a direction parallel with lines of longitude
    the direction of the Kaaba toward which Muslims turn for their daily prayers
    tendency, trend
    a general direction in which something tends to move
    type of:
    a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
  2. noun
    an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
    synonyms: road
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    Appian Way
    an ancient Roman road in Italy extending south from Rome to Brindisi; begun in 312 BC
    Chisholm Trail
    a former cattle trail from San Antonio in Texas to Abilene in Kansas; not used after the 1880s
    Flaminian Way
    an ancient Roman road in Italy built by Gaius Flaminius in 220 BC; extends north from Rome to cisalpine Gaul
    Iditarod Trail
    a trail that extends 1,100 miles from Anchorage over the Alaska Range to Nome
    Santa Fe Trail
    a trail that extends from Missouri to New Mexico; an important route for settlers moving west in the 19th century
    Fleet Street
    a street in central London where newspaper offices are situated
    Harley Street
    a street in central London where the consulting rooms of many physicians and surgeons are located
    Lombard Street
    a street in central London containing many of the major London banks
    a wide street in London stretching from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament; site of many government offices
    a street in west central London famous for its theaters and hotels
    Downing Street
    a street of Westminster in London
    Pall Mall
    a fashionable street in London noted for its many private clubs
    Quai d'Orsay
    the street in Paris along the south bank of the Seine known for its governmental ministries
    Champs Elysees
    a major avenue in Paris famous for elegant shops and cafes
    Fifth Avenue
    an avenue in Manhattan that separates the east side of Manhattan from the west side
    Seventh Avenue
    an avenue in Manhattan that runs north and south
    a street in Manhattan noted for cheap hotels frequented by homeless derelicts
    Great White Way
    a street in Manhattan that passes through Times Square; famous for its theaters
    Park Avenue
    a fashionable residential street in New York City
    Wall Street
    a street in lower Manhattan where the New York Stock Exchange is located; symbol of American finance
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    access road, slip road
    a short road giving access to an expressway
    bypath, byroad, byway
    a side road little traveled (as in the countryside)
    a road that is raised above water or marshland or sand
    a road on which you are not allowed to stop (unless you have a breakdown)
    a road made of logs laid crosswise
    detour, roundabout way
    a roundabout road (especially one that is used temporarily while a main route is blocked)
    drive, parkway
    a wide scenic road planted with trees
    drive, driveway, private road
    a road leading up to a private house
    highway, main road
    a major road for any form of motor transport
    line, rail line, railway line
    the road consisting of railroad track and roadbed
    post road
    a road over which mail is carried
    a road (especially that part of a road) over which vehicles travel
    crosscut, cutoff, shortcut
    a route shorter than the usual one
    side road
    a minor road branching off of a main road
    skid road
    a road made of logs on which freshly cut timber can be hauled
    road where high speed driving is allowed
    a public road from one place to another
    cart track, cartroad, track
    any road or path affording passage especially a rough one
    a side road where you can turn off
    arterial road
    a major or main route
    a major thoroughfare that bears important traffic
    beltway, bypass, ring road, ringway
    a highway that encircles an urban area so that traffic does not have to pass through the center
    blind alley, cul de sac, dead-end street, impasse
    a street with only one way in or out
    branch line, spur, spur track
    a railway line connected to a trunk line
    one of the two sides of a motorway where traffic travels in one direction only usually in two or three lanes
    divided highway, dual carriageway
    a highway divided down the middle by a barrier that separates traffic going in different directions
    expressway, freeway, motorway, pike, state highway, superhighway, throughway, thruway
    a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic
    highroad, trunk road
    a highway
    interstate, interstate highway
    one of the system of highways linking major cities in the 48 contiguous states of the United States
    overland track between navigable waterways
    a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings
    the part of a thoroughfare between the sidewalks; the part of the thoroughfare on which vehicles travel
    a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country
    trunk line, trunk route
    line that is the main route on a railway
    type of:
    any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another
  3. verb
    send via a specific route
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    type of:
    direct, send
    cause to go somewhere
  4. verb
    divert in a specified direction
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    type of:
    send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one
  5. verb
    send documents or materials to appropriate destinations
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    despatch, dispatch, send off
    send away towards a designated goal
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