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Meaning & Definition of Order in English

English

Order

/ɔrdər/

noun

1. (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed

  • "The british ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from london"
    synonym:
  • order

2. A degree in a continuum of size or quantity

  • "It was on the order of a mile"
  • "An explosion of a low order of magnitude"
    synonym:
  • order
  • ,
  • order of magnitude

3. Established customary state (especially of society)

  • "Order ruled in the streets"
  • "Law and order"
    synonym:
  • order

4. Logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements

  • "We shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"
    synonym:
  • ordering
  • ,
  • order
  • ,
  • ordination

5. A condition of regular or proper arrangement

  • "He put his desk in order"
  • "The machine is now in working order"
    synonym:
  • orderliness
  • ,
  • order

6. A legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

  • "A friend in new mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
    synonym:
  • decree
  • ,
  • edict
  • ,
  • fiat
  • ,
  • order
  • ,
  • rescript

7. A commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities

  • "Ibm received an order for a hundred computers"
    synonym:
  • order
  • ,
  • purchase order

8. A formal association of people with similar interests

  • "He joined a golf club"
  • "They formed a small lunch society"
  • "Men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
    synonym:
  • club
  • ,
  • social club
  • ,
  • society
  • ,
  • guild
  • ,
  • gild
  • ,
  • lodge
  • ,
  • order

9. A body of rules followed by an assembly

    synonym:
  • order
  • ,
  • rules of order
  • ,
  • parliamentary law
  • ,
  • parliamentary procedure

10. (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy

  • "Theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate order"
    synonym:
  • Holy Order
  • ,
  • Order

11. A group of person living under a religious rule

  • "The order of saint benedict"
    synonym:
  • order
  • ,
  • monastic order

12. (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families

    synonym:
  • order

13. A request for something to be made, supplied, or served

  • "I gave the waiter my order"
  • "The company's products were in such demand that they got more orders than their call center could handle"
    synonym:
  • order

14. (architecture) one of original three styles of greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the romans

    synonym:
  • order

15. The act of putting things in a sequential arrangement

  • "There were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"
    synonym:
  • order
  • ,
  • ordering

verb

1. Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority

  • "I said to him to go home"
  • "She ordered him to do the shopping"
  • "The mother told the child to get dressed"
    synonym:
  • order
  • ,
  • tell
  • ,
  • enjoin
  • ,
  • say

2. Make a request for something

  • "Order me some flowers"
  • "Order a work stoppage"
    synonym:
  • order

3. Issue commands or orders for

    synonym:
  • order
  • ,
  • prescribe
  • ,
  • dictate

4. Bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage

  • Impose regulations
  • "We cannot regulate the way people dress"
  • "This town likes to regulate"
    synonym:
  • regulate
  • ,
  • regularize
  • ,
  • regularise
  • ,
  • order
  • ,
  • govern

5. Bring order to or into

  • "Order these files"
    synonym:
  • order

6. Place in a certain order

  • "Order the photos chronologically"
    synonym:
  • order

7. Appoint to a clerical posts

  • "He was ordained in the church"
    synonym:
  • ordain
  • ,
  • consecrate
  • ,
  • ordinate
  • ,
  • order

8. Arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events

  • "Arrange my schedule"
  • "Set up one's life"
  • "I put these memories with those of bygone times"
    synonym:
  • arrange
  • ,
  • set up
  • ,
  • put
  • ,
  • order

9. Assign a rank or rating to

  • "How would you rank these students?"
  • "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
    synonym:
  • rate
  • ,
  • rank
  • ,
  • range
  • ,
  • order
  • ,
  • grade
  • ,
  • place

Examples of using

They had to call the police to restore order.
Tom belonged to a religious order.
Tom reported that everything was in order.