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order

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1 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

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3 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

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4 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

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5 a state of being or fitness
  • finally got the car back in working order

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6 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

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7 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

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8 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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order

verb

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1 to put into a particular arrangement
  • I've ordered all of my CDs according to type of music
  • he likes to order his life so that there are few surprises

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2 to give a request or demand for
  • the players ordered hamburgers for lunch

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3 to request the doing of by virtue of one's authority
  • the teacher ordered that everyone sit down immediately and be quiet

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4 to issue orders to (someone) by right of authority
  • the police officer ordered the crowd to back away from the suspect

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Frequently Asked Questions About order

How does the verb order contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of order are arrange, marshal, methodize, organize, and systematize. While all these words 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

Where would arrange be a reasonable alternative to order?

The words arrange and order are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, arrange implies a setting in sequence, relationship, or adjustment.

arranged the files numerically

When can marshal be used instead of order?

The meanings of marshal and order largely overlap; however, marshal suggests gathering and arranging in preparation for a particular operation or effective use.

marshaling the facts for argument

When would methodize be a good substitute for order?

While in some cases nearly identical to order, methodize suggests imposing an orderly procedure rather than a fixed scheme.

methodizes every aspect of daily living

When might organize be a better fit than order?

In some situations, the words organize and order are roughly equivalent. However, organize implies arranging so that the whole aggregate works as a unit with each element having a proper function.

organized the volunteers into teams

In what contexts can systematize take the place of order?

The synonyms systematize and order are sometimes interchangeable, but systematize implies arranging according to a predetermined scheme.

systematized billing procedures

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

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“Order.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/order. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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