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Definition of 'order'


  1. (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"
  2. 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
  3. established customary state (especially of society); "order ruled in the streets"; "law and order"
       Antonyms: disorder
  4. logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements; "we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"
       Synonyms: ordering ordination
  5. a condition of regular or proper arrangement; "he put his desk in order"; "the machine is now in working order"
       Synonyms: orderliness
       Antonyms: disorderliness disorder disorderliness disorder
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. a body of rules followed by an assembly
       Synonyms: rules of order parliamentary law parliamentary procedure
  10. (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
  11. a group of person living under a religious rule; "the order of Saint Benedict"
       Synonyms: monastic order
  12. (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families
  13. a request for food or refreshment (as served in a restaurant or bar etc.); "I gave the waiter my order"
  14. (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
  15. the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement; "there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"
       Synonyms: ordering


  1. 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
  2. make a request for something; "Order me some flowers"; "order a work stoppage"
  3. issue commands or orders for
       Synonyms: prescribe dictate
  4. 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
       Antonyms: deregulate
  5. bring order to or into; "Order these files"
       Antonyms: disorder disarray
  6. place in a certain order; "order these files"
  7. appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church"
       Synonyms: ordain consecrate ordinate
  8. 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
  9. 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

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