Definition of 'order'
- (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed; "the British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London"
- a degree in a continuum of size or quantity; "it was on the order of a mile"; "an explosion of a low order of magnitude"
Synonyms: order of magnitude
- established customary state (especially of society); "order ruled in the streets"; "law and order"
- logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements; "we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"
Synonyms: ordering ordination
- a condition of regular or proper arrangement; "he put his desk in order"; "the machine is now in working order"
Antonyms: disorderliness disorder disorderliness disorder
- a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
Synonyms: decree edict fiat rescript
- a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities; "IBM received an order for a hundred computers"
Synonyms: purchase order
- a formal association of people with similar interests; "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
Synonyms: club social club society guild gild lodge
- a body of rules followed by an assembly
Synonyms: rules of order parliamentary law parliamentary procedure
- (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy; "theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate Order"
Synonyms: Holy Order
- a group of person living under a religious rule; "the order of Saint Benedict"
Synonyms: monastic order
- (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families
- a request for food or refreshment (as served in a restaurant or bar etc.); "I gave the waiter my order"
- (architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans
- the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement; "there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"
- give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"
Synonyms: tell enjoin say
- make a request for something; "Order me some flowers"; "order a work stoppage"
- issue commands or orders for
Synonyms: prescribe dictate
- bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"
Synonyms: regulate regularize regularise govern
- bring order to or into; "Order these files"
Antonyms: disorder disarray
- place in a certain order; "order these files"
- appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church"
Synonyms: ordain consecrate ordinate
- arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events; "arrange my schedule"; "set up one's life"; "I put these memories with those of bygone times"
Synonyms: arrange set up put
- assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
Synonyms: rate rank range grade place