Definition of ORDER

the way objects in space or events in time are arranged or follow one another <you always keep your books in perfect alphabetical order> <we haven't found out the order of the speeches yet>
a number of persons or things that are grouped together because they have something in common <collects movie posters, photographs and autographs of the stars, and other memorabilia of that order>
a piece of metal given in honor of a special event, a person, or an achievement <a book with full-color illustrations of British orders and decorations>
Synonyms medallion, order
a state of being or fitness <finally got the car back in working order>
Related Words practice (also practise); pass, phase, stage; footing, picture, posture, scene, status, situation; rank, standing
Near Antonyms disorder, disrepair
a statement of what to do that must be obeyed by those concerned <the commander issued an order that the number of guards for the prisoner be doubled>
one of the segments of society into which people are grouped <the lower orders were once expected to be content living out their lives as servants to the upper classes>
one of the units into which a whole is divided on the basis of a common characteristic <regards draftees as an entirely different order of soldier and less desirable than volunteers>

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