[ ree-awr-der ]
/ riˈɔr dər /

verb (used with object)

to put in order again: to reorder the card file.
to give a reorder for: to reorder the books before they're completely sold out.

verb (used without object)

to order goods again.


a second or repeated order for the same goods: to put through a reorder for those lamps.

Nearby words

  1. reoccur,
  2. reoccurrence,
  3. reoffend,
  4. reopen,
  5. reopener,
  6. reordination,
  7. reorganization,
  8. reorganize,
  9. reorient,
  10. reorientation

Origin of reorder

First recorded in 1585–95; re- + order Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for re-order

  • Kelter began a soft and soothing discourse which led nowhere at first but ended finally in a re-order for four hot Scotches.

    The Danger Mark|Robert W. Chambers
  • Don't you understand that society must re-order itself presently out of all this?

    Scaramouche|Rafael Sabatini
  • You have to think out a whole new set of dispositions, and to re-order all your great body of men.

British Dictionary definitions for re-order


/ (riːˈɔːdə) /

verb (tr)

to request (something) to be supplied again or differently
to arrange, regulate, or dispose (articles) in their proper places again
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for re-order



also re-order, c.1600, "to set in order again," from re- + order (v.). From 1810 as "repeat an order." Related: Reordered; reordering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper