order

verb
or·​der | \ ˈȯr-dər How to pronounce order (audio) \
ordered; ordering\ ˈȯr-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce ordering (audio) \

Definition of order

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to put in order : arrange The books are ordered alphabetically by author.
2a : to give an order to : command They ordered everyone out of the house.
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 I ordered the books from the company's website. The judge ordered a new trial.

intransitive verb

1 : to bring about order : regulate a renascence of the spirit that orders and controls— H. G. Wells
2a : to issue orders : command The general orders and soldiers obey.
b : to give or place an order Be sure to order before it's too late.

order

noun

Definition of order (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a group of people united in a formal way: such 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
2a : any of the several grades of the Christian ministry
b orders plural : the office of a person in the Christian ministry
c orders plural : ordination
3a : 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: such as
(1) : a category of taxonomic classification ranking above the family and below the class
(2) : the broadest category in soil classification
4a(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
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
5a(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
6a : a prescribed form of a religious service : rite
b : the customary mode of procedure especially in debate point of order
7a : 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
8a : a style of building
b : a type of column and entablature forming the unit of a style
9a : 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
10a : 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 : order of the day flat roofs were the order in the small villages
in order
: appropriate, desirable an apology is in order
in order to
: for the purpose of
on order
: in the process of being ordered
on the order of
1 : after the fashion of : like a genius on the order of Newton— D. B. Botkin
2 : about, approximately spent on the order of two million dollars
to order
: according to the specifications of an order shoes made to order

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Illustration of order

Noun

order 8b: 1 Corinthian, 2 Doric, 3 Ionic

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from order

Verb

orderable \ ˈȯr-​d(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce orderable (audio) \ adjective
orderer \ ˈȯr-​dər-​ər How to pronounce orderer (audio) \ noun

Noun

orderless \ ˈȯr-​dər-​ləs How to pronounce orderless (audio) \ adjective

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Verb

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

Examples of order in a Sentence

Verb 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! Noun 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On the check-in menu, guests have the option to order groceries to their rooms, cutting out another in-person interaction. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Keeping it clean: Orlando hotels ramp up sanitation hoping to lure travelers during pandemic," 22 Oct. 2020 During the year-long strain between Flores and the board, the three trustees who later resigned and three state legislators called on Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath to order an investigation. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "TEA investigators urge a state monitor for South San Antonio ISD board," 21 Oct. 2020 According to the plan, residents will use the MarylandVax.org website to preregister for the vaccine and providers will use an online immunization database to order vaccines, and to track their delivery and the doses administered. Washington Post, "Maryland coronavirus plan says 14 percent of residents eligible for early vaccine when available," 20 Oct. 2020 As a start, the DOJ asks the court to rule that Google broke the law and to order Google not to do anticompetitive things anymore. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "What we know about the DOJ’s antitrust case against Google so far," 20 Oct. 2020 California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a petition today requesting the Sacramento Superior Court to order the California Republican Party to comply with the state's investigation regarding the state GOP's use of ballot drop boxes. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "Early in-person voting begins in Wisconsin," 20 Oct. 2020 The boys seemed healthy now and were asking her to order pizza. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area family’s battle with COVID-19 shows why illness is spreading faster among Latinos," 19 Oct. 2020 Lombardy, the region around Milan, is expected to order an 11 p.m. curfew from Thursday. Bloomberg.com, "San Francisco Restrictions Eased; Cuomo Rips Trump: Virus Update," 19 Oct. 2020 As a result, some courts are reluctant to order additional accommodations, Mr. Pildes said. Brent Kendall And Alexa Corse, WSJ, "Courts Curtail Extended Deadlines for Mail-In Ballots," 18 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At least the Jets kept some order in another lifeless effort en route to picking Trevor Lawrence. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Mark Craig's Week 7 NFL picks against the spread," 23 Oct. 2020 The judge’s order does not prohibit the woman from talking about the case. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, "Sidney Torres IV blocked from airing ad against Judge Chris Bruno, but he says more to come," 23 Oct. 2020 The White House correspondent maintained order and a degree of civility following the train wreck of a first debate in Cleveland. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "The Final Presidential Debate: The Moments That Mattered," 23 Oct. 2020 Judge John Devine dissented from the Texas Supreme Court's order that denied the emergency motion. Paul Best, Fox News, "Texas Supreme Court allows drive-thru voting to continue in Harris County," 23 Oct. 2020 Churches and houses of worship in Michigan were exempt from penalties under the state's order. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "President Donald Trump says Michigan is like a prison. It's not.," 23 Oct. 2020 Axios’s Mike Allen, like many of his ilk, declared that chief-of-staff John Kelly would bring some order and discipline to the West Wing. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "In Memoriam: The Trump Pivot," 22 Oct. 2020 Other elements include protocols for a no-contact, third-party order pick-up system, eliminating the need for delivery drivers to come inside the restaurant. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "'The future of food is technology more than chefs': Jon Taffer of 'Bar Rescue' opens new tavern," 22 Oct. 2020 That’s a tough call for somebody who’s used to cutting barbecue to order, one customer at a time, with all the pointing and conversation that comes with it. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "The new trends in San Antonio’s restaurant dining scene as its been impacted by coronavirus pandemic," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of order

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for order

Verb

Middle English, from ordre, noun

Noun

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

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The first known use of order was in the 13th century

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26 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Order.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/order. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for order

order

verb
How to pronounce order (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of order

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to use your authority to tell someone to do something : to give an order to someone
: to say that (something) must be done
: to request (something) from a company

order

noun

English Language Learners Definition of order (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

order

verb
or·​der | \ ˈȯr-dər How to pronounce order (audio) \
ordered; ordering

Kids Definition of order

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to put into a particular grouping or sequence : arrange Dictionary entries are ordered alphabetically.
2 : to give a command to or for The general ordered troops into battle. I went to the counter to order lunch.

order

noun

Kids Definition of order (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a certain rule or regulation : command … when he gave orders … everyone knew … that he expected to be obeyed.— Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
2 : the arrangement of objects or events in space or time List the names in alphabetical order.
3 : the way something should be He kept the room in order.
4 : the state of things when law or authority is obeyed Troops restored order after the riot.
5 : good working condition The telephone is out of order.
6 : a statement of what a person wants to buy Place your order for a birthday cake.
7 : goods or items bought or sold an order of pancakes
8 : a group of people united (as by living under the same religious rules or by loyalty to common needs or duties) He belongs to an order of monks.
9 orders plural : the office of a person in the Christian ministry holy orders
10 : a group of related living things (as plants or animals) that ranks above the family and below the class in scientific classification Bats form an order of mammals in the animal kingdom.
11 : a written direction to pay a sum of money
in order that
: so that
in order to
: for the purpose of
or·​der | \ ˈȯrd-ər How to pronounce order (audio) \
ordered; ordering\ ˈȯrd-​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce ordering (audio) \

Medical Definition of order

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to give a prescription for : prescribe the doctor ordered bed rest

order

noun

Medical Definition of order (Entry 2 of 2)

: a category of taxonomic classification ranking above the family and below the class

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order

noun
or·​der

Legal Definition of order

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a state of peace, freedom from unruly behavior, and respect for law and proper authority maintain law and order
2 : an established mode or state of procedure a call to order
3a : a mandate from a superior authority — see also executive order
b : a ruling or command made by a competent administrative authority specifically : one resulting from administrative adjudication and subject to judicial review and enforcement an administrative order may not be inconsistent with the Constitution Wells v. State, 654 So. 2d 145 (1995)
c : an authoritative command issued by the court violated a court order and was jailed for contempt
cease-and-desist order \ ˌsēs-​ənd-​di-​ˈzist-​, -​ˈsist-​ \
: an order from a court or quasi-judicial tribunal to stop engaging in a particular activity or practice (as an unfair labor practice) — compare injunction, mandamus, stay
consent order
: an agreement of litigating parties that by consent takes the form of a court order
final order
: an order of a court or quasi-judicial tribunal which leaves nothing further to be determined or accomplished in that forum except execution of the judgment and from which an appeal will lie
gag order
: an order barring public disclosure or discussion (as by the involved parties or the press) of information relating to a case
order to show cause
: an order requiring the prospective object of a legal action to show cause why that action should not take place

called also show cause order

pretrial order
: a court order setting out the rulings, stipulations, and other actions taken at a pretrial conference
protection order
: restraining order in this entry
protective order
: an order issued for the protection of a particular party: as
a : an order that limits, denies, or defers discovery by a party in order to prevent undue embarrassment, expense, oppression, or disclosure of trade secrets
b : restraining order in this entry
qualified domestic relations order
: an order, decree, or judgment that satisfies the criteria set out in section 414 of the Internal Revenue Code for the payment of all or part of individual pension, profit sharing, or retirement benefits usually to a divorcing spouse (as for alimony or child support)

Note: The alienation or assignment of funds under a qualified domestic relations order does not affect the tax status of the plan from which such funds are paid.

restraining order \ ri-​ˈstrā-​niŋ-​ \
1 : temporary restraining order in this entry
2 : an order of a specified duration issued after a hearing attended by all parties that is intended to protect one individual from violence, abuse, harassment, or stalking by another especially by prohibiting or restricting access or proximity to the protected party excluded from the home by a restraining order issued because of domestic violence

called also protection order, protective order

— compare temporary restraining order in this entry
show cause order
: order to show cause in this entry
temporary restraining order
1 : an order of brief duration that is issued ex parte to protect the plaintiff's rights from immediate and irreparable injury by preserving a situation or preventing an act until a hearing for a preliminary injunction can be held
2 : a protective order issued ex parte for a brief period prior to a hearing on a restraining order attended by both parties and intended to provide immediate protection from violence or threatened violence
turnover order \ ˈtər-​ˌnō-​vər-​ \
: an order commanding one party to turn over property to another especially : an order commanding a judgment debtor to turn over assets to a judgment creditor turnover order in aid of executionCalifornia Code of Civil Procedure
d : a command issued by a military superior
4a : a direction regarding the party to whom a negotiable instrument shall be paid pay to the order of John Doe — see also money order, negotiable instrument
b : an instruction or authorization especially to buy or sell goods or securities or to perform work a purchase order a work order
alternative order
: an order to a broker in which alternative methods of carrying out the order (as by buying or selling) are set forth
open order
1 : an order to buy securities or commodity futures that remains effective until filled or canceled
2 : an order for merchandise expressed in very general terms so that the seller has considerable latitude in selecting the articles actually provided
stop order
: an order to a broker to buy or sell a security when the price advances or declines to a designated level
c : goods or items bought or sold the order was received in good condition
to order
: according to the specifications of an order especially of a bearer or endorsee payable to bearer or to order

order

adjective

Legal Definition of order (Entry 2 of 2)

: payable to a named person or to an individual that person names by an endorsement order instrument — compare bearer

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