in order for (someone or something) to

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in order for (someone or something) to

: to make it possible for (someone or something) to (be or do something)
  • They were told that in order for them to keep their jobs, they would have to accept a cut in pay.

Word by Word Definitions

order play
  1. : to put in order : arrange

  2. : to give an order to : command

  3. : destine, ordain

  1. : a group of people united in a formal way: such as

  2. : a fraternal society

  3. : a community under a religious rule

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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