Definition of order
or·deredor·der·ing play \ˈȯr-d(ə-)riŋ\
1 : to put in order : arrange
1 : to bring about order : regulate
Examples of order
They ordered everyone out of the house.
The soldiers were ordered back to the base.
“Stop! Drop your weapon!” ordered the officer.
The court threw out the conviction and ordered a new trial.
The judge ordered that the charges be dismissed.
He was accused of ordering the murder of his wife.
I ordered the books from the company's Web site.
The shirt you ordered should arrive in the mail in a couple of days.
To order, call the number at the bottom of your screen.
Order now and receive a free gift!
Origin of order
Middle English, from ordre, noun
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of order
synonyms see in addition command
Simple Definition of order
: a statement made by a person with authority that tells someone to do something : an instruction or direction that must be obeyed
: a specific request asking a company to supply goods or products to a customer
: a product or a group of products that someone has requested from a company
Full Definition of order
1 a : a group of people united in a formal way: as (1) : a fraternal society <the Masonic Order> (2) : a community under a religious rule; especially : one requiring members to take solemn vows b : a badge or medal of such a society; also : a military decoration
2 a : any of the several grades of the Christian ministry b plural : the office of a person in the Christian ministry c plural : ordination
3 a : a rank, class, or special group in a community or society b : a class of persons or things grouped according to quality, value, or natural characteristics: as (1) : a category of taxonomic classification ranking above the family and below the class (2) : the broadest category in soil classification
4 a (1) : rank, level <a statesman of the first order> (2) : category, class <in emergencies of this order — R. B. Westerfield> b (1) : the arrangement or sequence of objects or of events in time <listed the items in order of importance> <the batting order> (2) : a sequential arrangement of mathematical elements c : degree 12a, b d (1) : the number of times differentiation is applied successively <derivatives of higher order> (2) of a differential equation : the order of the derivative of highest order e : the number of columns or rows or columns and rows in a magic square, determinant, or matrix <the order of a matrix with 2 rows and 3 columns is 2 by 3> f : the number of elements in a finite mathematical group
5 a (1) : a sociopolitical system <was opposed to changes in the established order> (2) : a particular sphere or aspect of a sociopolitical system <the present economic order> b : a regular or harmonious arrangement <the order of nature>
6 a : a prescribed form of a religious service : rite b : the customary mode of procedure especially in debate <point of order>
7 a : the state of peace, freedom from confused or unruly behavior, and respect for law or proper authority <promised to restore law and order> b : a specific rule, regulation, or authoritative direction : command
8 a : a style of building b : a type of column and entablature forming the unit of a style
Examples of order
That's an order, not a request!
Failing to comply with an order will result in the loss of your job.
She received an order to appear in court.
They can't close down the school without an order from the governor's office.
The mayor gave an order to evacuate the city.
It's not his fault. He was only following orders.
I'm not taking orders from you! You're not my boss.
The city was evacuated by order of the mayor.
The store received an order for 200 roses this morning.
They had trouble filling large customer orders.
Origin of order
Middle English, from Anglo-French ordre, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin ordin-, ordo ecclesiastical order, from Latin, arrangement, group, class; akin to Latin ordiri to lay the warp, begin
First Known Use: 14th century
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