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[ awr-der ]


  1. an authoritative direction or instruction; command; mandate.

    Synonyms: injunction, decree, fiat, ordinance, ukase

  2. a command of a court or judge.
  3. a command or notice issued by a military organization or a military commander to troops, sailors, etc.
  4. the disposition of things following one after another, as in space or time; succession or sequence:

    The names were listed in alphabetical order.

  5. a condition in which each thing is properly disposed with reference to other things and to its purpose; methodical or harmonious arrangement:

    You must try to give order to your life.

    Synonyms: regularity

  6. formal disposition or array:

    the order of the troops.

  7. proper, satisfactory, or working condition.
  8. state or condition generally:

    His financial affairs were in good order.

  9. conformity or obedience to law or established authority; absence of disturbance, riot, revolt, unruliness, etc.:

    A police officer was there to maintain order.

  10. customary mode of procedure; established practice or usage.
  11. the customary or prescribed mode of proceeding in debates or the like, or in the conduct of deliberative or legislative bodies, public meetings, etc.:

    At our board meetings we follow the parliamentary rules of order.

  12. prevailing course or arrangement of things; established system or regime:

    The old order is changing.

  13. conformity to the established system or regime.
  14. a direction or commission to make, provide, or furnish something:

    The salesclerk will take your order.

  15. a quantity of goods or items purchased or sold:

    The druggist is sending the order right over.

  16. Grammar.
    1. the arrangement of the elements of a construction in a particular sequence, as the placing of John before the verb and of George after it in John saw George.
    2. the hierarchy of grammatical rules applying to a construction.
    3. the rank of immediate constituents.
  17. any of the nine grades of angels in medieval angelology. Compare angel ( def 1 ).
  18. Mathematics.
    1. degree, as in algebra.
    2. the number of rows or columns of a square matrix or determinant.
    3. the number of times a function has been differentiated to produce a given derivative:

      a second order derivative.

    4. the order of the highest derivative appearing in a given differential equation: d 2 y/dx 2 + 3 y ( dy/dx ) − 6 = 0 is a differential equation of order two.
    5. the number of elements of a given group.
    6. the smallest positive integer such that a given element in a group raised to that integer equals the identity.
    7. the least positive integer n such that permuting a given set n times under a given permutation results in the set in its original form.
  19. any class, kind, or sort, as of persons or things, distinguished from others by nature or character:

    Such complex and difficult work calls for talents of a high order.

  20. Biology. the usual major subdivision of a class or subclass in the classification of organisms, consisting of several families.
  21. a rank, grade, or class of persons in a community.

    Synonyms: degree

  22. a group or body of persons of the same profession, occupation, or pursuits:

    Rev. Thomas, Rabbi Feinman, and other members of the clerical order showed up at the town hall meeting.

  23. a body or society of persons living by common consent under the same religious, moral, or social regulations.

    Synonyms: community, fraternity

  24. Ecclesiastical. any of the degrees or grades of clerical office. Compare major order, minor order.
  25. a monastic society or fraternity:

    He is a monk in the Franciscan order.

  26. a written direction to pay money or deliver goods, given by a person legally entitled to dispose of it:

    delivery order;

    exchange order.

  27. Architecture.
    1. any arrangement of columns with an entablature.
    2. any of five such arrangements typical of classical architecture, including the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders invented by the Greeks and adapted by the Romans, the Tuscan order, invented by the Romans, and the Composite order, first named during the Renaissance.
    3. any of several concentric rings composing an arch, especially when each projects beyond the one below.
  28. orders, the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister.
  29. Usually orders. the rite or sacrament of ordination.
  30. a prescribed form of divine service or of administration of a rite or ceremony.
  31. the service itself.
  32. the visible structures essential or desirable to the nature of the church, involving especially ministry, polity, and sacraments.
  33. a society or fraternity of knights, of combined military and monastic character, as, in the Middle Ages, the Knights Templars.
  34. a modern organization or society more or less resembling the knightly orders:

    fraternal orders.

  35. British. Order,
    1. a special honor or rank conferred by a sovereign upon a person for distinguished achievement.
    2. the insignia worn by such persons.
  36. Chiefly British. a pass for admission to a theater, museum, or the like.

verb (used with object)

  1. to give an order, direction, or command to:

    The infantry divisions were ordered to advance.

    Synonyms: ordain, require, bid, instruct

  2. to direct or command to go or come as specified:

    to order a person out of one's house.

  3. The doctor ordered rest for the patient.

  4. to direct to be made, supplied, or furnished:

    to order a copy of a book.

  5. to regulate, conduct, or manage:

    I need to order my life for greater leisure.

    Synonyms: systematize, adjust, operate, run

  6. to arrange methodically or suitably:

    They ordered their chessmen for a game.

  7. Mathematics. to arrange (the elements of a set) so that if one element precedes another, it cannot be preceded by the other or by elements that the other precedes.
  8. to ordain, as God or fate does.
  9. to invest with clerical rank or authority.

verb (used without object)

  1. to give an order or issue orders:

    I wish to order, but the waiter is busy.


/ ˈɔːdə /


  1. a state in which all components or elements are arranged logically, comprehensibly, or naturally
  2. an arrangement or disposition of things in succession; sequence

    alphabetical order

  3. an established or customary method or state, esp of society
  4. a peaceful or harmonious condition of society

    order reigned in the streets

  5. often plural a class, rank, or hierarchy

    the lower orders

  6. biology any of the taxonomic groups into which a class is divided and which contains one or more families. Carnivora, Primates, and Rodentia are three orders of the class Mammalia
  7. an instruction that must be obeyed; command
  8. a decision or direction of a court or judge entered on the court record but not included in the final judgment
    1. a commission or instruction to produce or supply something in return for payment
    2. the commodity produced or supplied
    3. ( as modifier )

      order form

  9. a procedure followed by an assembly, meeting, etc
  10. capital when part of a name a body of people united in a particular aim or purpose
  11. Also calledreligious order usually capital a group of persons who bind themselves by vows in order to devote themselves to the pursuit of religious aims
  12. history a society of knights constituted as a fraternity, such as the Knights Templars
    1. a group of people holding a specific honour for service or merit, conferred on them by a sovereign or state
    2. the insignia of such a group
    1. any of the five major classical styles of architecture classified by the style of columns and entablatures used See also Doric Ionic Corinthian Tuscan composite
    2. any style of architecture
  13. Christianity
    1. the sacrament by which bishops, priests, etc, have their offices conferred upon them
    2. any of the degrees into which the ministry is divided
    3. the office of an ordained Christian minister
  14. a form of Christian Church service prescribed to be used on specific occasions
  15. Judaism one of the six sections of the Mishna or the corresponding tractates of the Talmud
  16. maths
    1. the number of times a function must be differentiated to obtain a given derivative
    2. the order of the highest derivative in a differential equation
    3. the number of rows or columns in a determinant or square matrix
    4. the number of members of a finite group
  17. the order
    military the dress, equipment, or formation directed for a particular purpose or undertaking

    battle order

    drill order

  18. a tall order
    something difficult, demanding, or exacting
  19. in order
    1. in sequence
    2. properly arranged
    3. appropriate or fitting
  20. in order to
    preposition; foll by an infinitive so that it is possible to

    to eat in order to live

  21. in order that
    conjunction with the purpose that; so that
  22. keep order
    to maintain or enforce order
  23. of the order of or in the order of
    having an approximately specified size or quantity
  24. on order
    having been ordered or commissioned but not having been delivered
  25. out of order
    1. not in sequence
    2. not working
    3. not following the rules or customary procedure
  26. to order
    1. according to a buyer's specifications
    2. on request or demand


  1. tr to give a command to (a person or animal to do or be something)
  2. to request (something) to be supplied or made, esp in return for payment

    he ordered a hamburger

  3. tr to instruct or command to move, go, etc (to a specified place)

    they ordered her into the house

  4. tr; may take a clause as object to authorize; prescribe

    the doctor ordered a strict diet

  5. tr to arrange, regulate, or dispose (articles) in their proper places
  6. (of fate or the gods) to will; ordain
  7. rare.
    tr to ordain


  1. an exclamation of protest against an infringement of established procedure
  2. an exclamation demanding that orderly behaviour be restored


/ ôrdər /

  1. A group of organisms ranking above a family and below a class.
  2. See Table at taxonomy


  1. In biology , the classification lower than a class and higher than a family . Dogs and cats belong to the order of carnivores ; human beings, monkeys, and apes belong to the order of primates . Flies and mosquitoes belong to the same order; so do birch trees and oak trees. ( See Linnean classification .)

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Derived Forms

  • ˈorderer, noun
  • ˈorderless, adjective

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Other Words From

  • or·der·a·ble adjective
  • or·der·er noun
  • or·der·less adjective
  • coun·ter·or·der noun verb
  • mis·or·der verb
  • pre·or·der noun verb
  • un·or·der·a·ble adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of order1

First recorded in 1175–1225; noun Middle English ordre, order(e), from Old French ordre, from Latin ordin- (stem of ordō ) “row, rank, regular arrangement”; the verb is derivative of the noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of order1

C13: from Old French ordre, from Latin ordō

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. a tall order, a very difficult or formidable task, requirement, or demand: Also a large order.

    Getting the crop harvested with so few hands to help was a tall order.

  2. call to order, to begin (a meeting):

    The meeting was called to order at 3 o'clock.

  3. in order that, so that; to the end that:

    We ought to leave early in order that we may not miss the train.

  4. in order to, as a means to; with the purpose of:

    She worked summers in order to save money for college.

  5. in order,
    1. fitting; appropriate:

      It appears that an apology is in order.

    2. in a state of proper arrangement, preparation, or readiness:

      Everything is in order for the departure.

    3. correct according to the rules of parliamentary procedure:

      Questions from the floor are now in order.

  6. in short order, with promptness or speed; rapidly:

    The merchandise arrived in short order.

  7. on order, ordered but not yet received:

    We're out of stock in that item, but it's on order.

  8. on the order of,
    1. resembling to some extent; like:

      I would like a dress on the order of the one in the window.

    2. approximately; about:

      On the order of 100,000 people attended the rally.

  9. out of order,
    1. inappropriate; unsuitable:

      His remark was certainly out of order.

    2. not operating properly; in disrepair:

      The air conditioner is out of order again.

    3. incorrect according to the rules of parliamentary procedure:

      The chairwoman told him that he was out of order.

  10. to order, according to one's individual requirements or instructions:

    a suit made to order;

    carpeting cut to order.

More idioms and phrases containing order

  • apple-pie order
  • back order
  • call to order
  • in order
  • in short order
  • just what the doctor ordered
  • law and order
  • made to order
  • marching orders
  • on order
  • on the order of
  • out of order
  • pecking order
  • put one's house in order
  • short order
  • standing orders
  • tall order
  • to order

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Synonym Study

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Example Sentences

In other words, a Paid Search agency like my own, must share certain data with advertisers in order to align itself with Google’s Third-Party policies.

She described an “evolution” in judicial tolerance for such orders.

Here’s a quick tour through 24 claims made at the Philadelphia town hall, in the order in which he answered questions.

Both Watches are up for order today and start shipping on Friday.

Some of those processes could produce trace amounts of phosphine, the team found, but orders of magnitude less than the team detected.

And in order for them to realize their vision, they are willing to use any means.

He could order the Justice Department to begin the necessary regulatory work.

So, in an unusual order (PDF) issued on New Years Day, District Judge Robert Hinkle clarified the issue.

So working with the militants in order to deliver aid “becomes a requirement,” she said.

Just how many fake nodes would be needed in order to pull off a successful Sybil attack against Tor is not known.

On the thirteenth of the same month they bound to the stake, in order to burn alive, a man who had two religious in his house.

Now this setting up of an orderly law-abiding self seems to me to imply that there are impulses which make for order.

Turn away from sin and order thy hands aright, and cleanse thy heart from all offence.

Dockier, a prominent leader of the Levelers, in the times of the English commonwealth, was shot by order of the government.

Yet if there is a measure of untruth in such pretty flatteries, one needs to be superhuman in order to condemn them harshly.


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