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verb or·der \ˈȯr-dər\

Definition of order

or·deredor·der·ing play \ˈȯr-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put in order :  arrange

  3. 2 a :  to give an order to :  command b :  destine, ordain <so ordered by the gods> c :  to command to go or come to a specified place <ordered back to the base> d :  to give an order for <order a meal>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to bring about order :  regulate

  6. 2 a :  to issue orders :  command b :  to give or place an order

or·der·able play \-ə-bəl\ adjective
or·der·er play \-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of order

  1. They ordered everyone out of the house.

  2. The soldiers were ordered back to the base.

  3. Stop! Drop your weapon! ordered the officer.

  4. The court threw out the conviction and ordered a new trial.

  5. The judge ordered that the charges be dismissed.

  6. He was accused of ordering the murder of his wife.

  7. I ordered the books from the company's Web site.

  8. The shirt you ordered should arrive in the mail in a couple of days.

  9. To order, call the number at the bottom of your screen.

  10. Order now and receive a free gift!

Illustration of order

Origin of order

Middle English, from ordre, noun

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of order

order, arrange, marshal, organize, systematize, methodize mean to put persons or things into their proper places in relation to each other. order suggests a straightening out so as to eliminate confusion <ordered her business affairs>. arrange implies a setting in sequence, relationship, or adjustment <arranged the files numerically>. marshal suggests gathering and arranging in preparation for a particular operation or effective use <marshaling the facts for argument>. organize implies arranging so that the whole aggregate works as a unit with each element having a proper function <organized the volunteers into teams>. systematize implies arranging according to a predetermined scheme <systematized billing procedures>. methodize suggests imposing an orderly procedure rather than a fixed scheme <methodizes every aspect of daily living>.

synonyms see in addition command

Rhymes with order



noun or·der

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 6 a :  a prescribed form of a religious service :  rite b :  the customary mode of procedure especially in debate <point of order>

  7. 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. 8 a :  a style of building b :  a type of column and entablature forming the unit of a style

  9. 9 a :  state or condition especially with regard to functioning or repair <things were in terrible order> b :  a proper, orderly, or functioning condition <their passports were in order> <the phone is out of order>

  10. 10 a :  a written direction to pay money to someone b :  a commission to purchase, sell, or supply goods or to perform work c :  goods or items bought or sold d :  an assigned or requested undertaking <landing men on the moon was a tall order>

  11. 11 :  order of the day <flat roofs were the order in the small villages>

or·der·less play \-ləs\ adjective
in order
  1. :  appropriate, desirable <an apology is in order>

in order to
  1. :  for the purpose of

on order
  1. :  in the process of being ordered

on the order of
  1. 1 :  after the fashion of :  like <a genius on the order of Newton — D. B. Botkin>

  2. 2 :  about, approximately <spent on the order of two million dollars>

to order
  1. :  according to the specifications of an order <shoes made to order>

Examples of order

  1. That's an order, not a request!

  2. Failing to comply with an order will result in the loss of your job.

  3. She received an order to appear in court.

  4. They can't close down the school without an order from the governor's office.

  5. The mayor gave an order to evacuate the city.

  6. It's not his fault. He was only following orders.

  7. I'm not taking orders from you! You're not my boss.

  8. The city was evacuated by order of the mayor.

  9. The store received an order for 200 roses this morning.

  10. They had trouble filling large customer orders.

Illustration of order

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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