I saw some people used the word routine as repeating something in specific cases instead of loop or repeat, but for me it's a bit confused and not sure when should I use the word repeat or routine.

The main question is, Is the word routine changable as loop or repeat? If it's correct or not, what's the difference between routine and those 2 other words?

  • Please provide an example sentence to illustrate what you're asking. Aug 2, 2019 at 19:51
  • Is this in a coding context? Aug 2, 2019 at 20:23
  • Is the context performing arts of some kind, particularly dance? The word "routine" is often used for a choreographed series of dance moves which have been practiced thoroughly and are then performed as all or part of a show. A dance routine is definitely repeated, often many times.
    – BoldBen
    Aug 3, 2019 at 1:32

1 Answer 1


Routine can be used as a noun, adjective, or verb (although it's quite rare and probably best avoided).

Courtesy of Oxford Dictionaries:

  • NOUN: a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.
  • ADJECTIVE: performed as part of a regular procedure rather than for a special reason.
  • VERB: to organize according to a routine.

When "loop" is used as a noun it suggests one or more steps (a routine) that are repeated. "Repeat", used as a noun, would refer to an event that is like some previous event, but not necessarily planned or fixed (like a routine would be). "Loop", used as a verb, suggests returning to the starting point or step and "repeat", used as a verb, suggests doing something (like a routine) again.

So the words are related, but only "loop" and "repeat" are common as verbs and both imply repetition (where routine does not). The only substitution I've heard would be "loop" (noun) and "routine" (noun). (e.g. "John completed his daily loop." or "John completed his daily routine.")

  • Thank you all for comments and answer. Now I get it about those difference. Aug 3, 2019 at 3:20

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.