verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to give an order or issue orders: I wish to order, but the waiter is busy.

Nearby words

  1. ordain,
  2. ordainee,
  3. ordeal,
  4. ordeal bean,
  5. ordeal tree,
  6. order about,
  7. order arms,
  8. order bill of lading,
  9. order in council,
  10. order of australia


Origin of order

1175–1225; Middle English ordre (noun), ordren (v., derivative of the noun) < Old French ordre (noun) < Latin ordin- (stem of ordō) row, rank, regular arrangement

Related forms

Synonym study

37. See direct.

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British Dictionary definitions for pre-order



a state in which all components or elements are arranged logically, comprehensibly, or naturally
an arrangement or disposition of things in succession; sequencealphabetical order
an established or customary method or state, esp of society
a peaceful or harmonious condition of societyorder reigned in the streets
(often plural) a class, rank, or hierarchythe lower orders
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
an instruction that must be obeyed; command
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
a procedure followed by an assembly, meeting, etc
(capital when part of a name) a body of people united in a particular aim or purpose
Also called: religious order (usually capital) a group of persons who bind themselves by vows in order to devote themselves to the pursuit of religious aims
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 usedSee also Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan, composite (def. 4)
  2. any style of architecture
  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
a form of Christian Church service prescribed to be used on specific occasions
Judaism one of the six sections of the Mishna or the corresponding tractates of the Talmud
  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
the order military the dress, equipment, or formation directed for a particular purpose or undertakingdrill order; battle order
a tall order something difficult, demanding, or exacting
in order
  1. in sequence
  2. properly arranged
  3. appropriate or fitting
in order to (preposition; foll by an infinitive) so that it is possible toto eat in order to live
in order that (conjunction) with the purpose that; so that
keep order to maintain or enforce order
of the order of or in the order of having an approximately specified size or quantity
on order having been ordered or commissioned but not having been delivered
out of order
  1. not in sequence
  2. not working
  3. not following the rules or customary procedure
to order
  1. according to a buyer's specifications
  2. on request or demand


(tr) to give a command to (a person or animal to do or be something)
to request (something) to be supplied or made, esp in return for paymenthe ordered a hamburger
(tr) to instruct or command to move, go, etc (to a specified place)they ordered her into the house
(tr; may take a clause as object) to authorize; prescribethe doctor ordered a strict diet
(tr) to arrange, regulate, or dispose (articles) in their proper places
(of fate or the gods) to will; ordain
(tr) rare to ordain


an exclamation of protest against an infringement of established procedure
an exclamation demanding that orderly behaviour be restored
See also orders

Derived Formsorderer, nounorderless, adjective

Word Origin for order

C13: from Old French ordre, from Latin ordō

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Word Origin and History for pre-order
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Medicine definitions for pre-order




A taxonomic category of organisms ranking above a family and below a class.

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Science definitions for pre-order



A group of organisms ranking above a family and below a class. See Table at taxonomy.
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Culture definitions for pre-order


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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Idioms and Phrases with pre-order


In addition to the idioms beginning with order

  • order of the day, the
  • order someone about

also see:

  • 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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