or·​dered | \ ˈȯr-dərd How to pronounce ordered (audio) \

Definition of ordered

: characterized by order: such as
a : marked by regularity or discipline led an ordered life
b : marked by regular or harmonious arrangement or disposition an ordered landscape the ordered crystal structure
c : having elements arranged or identified according to a rule: such as
(1) : having the property that every pair of different elements is related by a transitive relationship that is not symmetric
(2) : having elements labeled by ordinal numbers an ordered triple has a first, second, and third element

Examples of ordered in a Sentence

an ordered sequence of events
Recent Examples on the Web Wide expanses of nothingness were the most ordered item on the travel menu last summer, filling the empty canyons and mountains of the American West with hordes of tourists from both coasts. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 20 Best Places to Travel in 2021," 30 Dec. 2020 Shoppers in Rome lined up outside markets to pick up pre-ordered fish, which in much of southern Italy forms the backbone of the traditional holiday meal. Nicole Winfield, ajc, "Italy enters Christmas lockdown amid signs of resurgence," 24 Dec. 2020 The ordered closure of playgrounds that are not part of a school or child-care center; swimming pools that serve members of more than one household, although regulated lap swimming can continue; and card rooms. Los Angeles Times, "New L.A. County ‘Safer at Home’ restrictions revealed as COVID-19 surge worsens," 25 Nov. 2020 The commission has faced pressure from the Trump campaign to avoid changing the rules, while Biden’s team was hoping for a more ordered debate. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Trump attacks polls, press and Dr. Fauci," 20 Oct. 2020 The commission has faced pressure from the Trump campaign to avoid changing the rules, while Biden’s team was hoping for a more ordered debate. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Mics can be cut off in final president debate after commission adopts new rules," 20 Oct. 2020 But the process—in which a mineral substrate is used to assemble proteins in an ordered way—could also be reversed. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, "Scientists Advance on One of Technology’s Holy Grails," 18 Sep. 2020 With computers back ordered and nonprofit partners trying to build internet networks, thousands of students won’t have internet by Tuesday. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore-area schools start the year with online education. Thousands of students lack a way to engage.," 8 Sep. 2020 Simón and Inés have given him for his birthday because its face arranges the digits in an ordered circle against their true natures. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's Magazine, "Coetzee’s Radical Masterpiece," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of ordered

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Ordered.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ordered. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ordered

: carefully organized or controlled

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