Order definition

ôrdər
A fixed or definite plan; system; law of arrangement.
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Any of the nine grades or choirs of angels.
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A group or class of persons set off from others by some trait or quality.
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To request or direct that (something) be supplied, done, carried out, etc.

To order merchandise, to order a hearing.

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A condition of logical or comprehensible arrangement among the separate elements of a group.
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An authoritative indication to be obeyed; a command or direction.
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To give a command.
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A group of organisms ranking above a family and below a class.
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A state or condition in which everything is in its right place and functioning properly; specif., a condition conforming to established rules of orderly procedure, as in a court, legislative body, etc.
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To put or keep in order; organize; arrange.
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An established method or system, as of conduct or action in meetings, worship, court, etc.
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To request that something be supplied.
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Order is defined as to organize or arrange people or things or command or ask someone to do something.

An example of order is lining people up by their height.

An example of order is asking for menu items at a restaurant.

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A group of persons living under a religious rule.

Order of Saint Benedict.

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An organization of people united by a common fraternal bond or social aim.
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Used to call for quiet and orderly conduct, as to begin a formal meeting.
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A condition of logical or comprehensible arrangement among the separate elements of a group.
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Order is a state of peace or things being in the right place.

An example of order is the feeling in a child's room when all the toys are put away.

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The definition of an order is a position, rank or arrangement of people or things.

An example of order is people being served food according to when they arrived in a restaurant.

An example of order is the names of fruit being listed by where their first letter occurs in the alphabet.

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A social class.

The lower orders.

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A class defined by the common attributes of its members; a kind.
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Degree of quality or importance; rank.

Poetry of a high order.

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(biology) A taxonomic category of organisms ranking above a family and below a class.
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A condition of methodical or prescribed arrangement among component parts such that proper functioning or appearance is achieved.

Checked to see that the shipping department was in order.

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Condition or state in general.

The escalator is in good working order.

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The established system of social organization.
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A condition in which freedom from disorder or disruption is maintained through respect for established authority.

Finally restored order in the rebellious provinces.

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A command given by a superior military officer requiring obedience, as in the execution of a task.
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Formal written instructions to report for military duty at a specified time and place.
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A commission or instruction to buy, sell, or supply something.
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That which is supplied, bought, or sold.
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A request made by a customer at a restaurant for a portion of food.
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The food requested.
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Any of several grades of the Christian ministry.

The order of priesthood.

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The rank of an ordained Christian minister or priest.
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The sacrament or rite of ordination.
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A group of people upon whom a government or sovereign has formally conferred honor for unusual service or merit, entitling them to wear a special insignia.

The Order of the Garter.

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The insignia worn by such people.
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Any of several styles of classical architecture characterized by the type of column and entablature employed. Of the five generally accepted classical orders, the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders are Greek and the Tuscan and Composite orders are Roman.
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A style of building.

A cathedral of the Gothic order.

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The sum of the exponents to which the variables in a term are raised; degree.
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An indicated number of successive differentiations to be performed.
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The number of elements in a finite group.
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The number of rows or columns in a determinant or matrix.
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To predestine; ordain.
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To issue a command or instruction to.

Ordered the sailors to stow their gear.

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To direct to proceed as specified.

Ordered the intruders off the property.

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To give a command or instruction for.

The judge ordered a recount of the ballots.

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To request to be supplied with.

Order eggs and bacon for breakfast.

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To give an order or orders; request that something be done or supplied.
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A command, direction, or instruction, usually backed by authority.
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A distinctive group; class; kind; sort.

Paintings of the highest order.

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(biol.) A major category in the classification of animals, plants, etc., ranking above a family and below a class: it can include one family or many similar families: the Latinized order names are capitalized but not italicized (Ex.: Fabales, legumes)
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(gram.) The arrangement or sequence of elements within a grammatical unit.
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(law) A direction or command of a court, judge, public body, etc.
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A group of persons constituting an association formed for some special purpose.

The Order of Knights Templars.

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An association of monks, nuns, etc. following a rule.

The Benedictine order.

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A group of persons distinguished by having received a certain award or citation, as for outstanding service to a state.

The Order of the Garter.

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The insignia of such a group.
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A request or commission to make or supply something.

An order for merchandise or services.

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The goods so made or supplied.

To deliver a grocery order.

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A single portion of some food, as served in a restaurant.

An order of cole slaw.

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Any of several classical styles of structure, determined chiefly by the type of column and entablature.
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A style of building.
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Written instructions to pay money or surrender property.
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A formal demand for payment, as by the endorsement and presentment of a negotiable instrument by its specified payee.
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A whole number describing the degree or stage of complexity of an algebraic expression.
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An established sequence of numbers, letters, events, units, etc.
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The number of elements in a given group.
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The number of rows or columns in a determinant or matrix.
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Any of the nine ranks or grades of angels.
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Any rank or grade in the Christian clergy.
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The position of ordained minister, priest, etc.
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Ordination, as of a minister or priest.
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(archaic, eccles.) To ordain (a priest, etc.)
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To instruct to do something; give an order to; command.
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To command (someone) to go to or from a specified place.

To order him out of the house.

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A command, instruction, or direction by the court or by a judge intended to adjudicate some point or to direct some step in a legal proceeding.
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An order that disposes of the entire case, but may be appealed to a higher court. See also judgment.
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An order relating to only a portion of the case, but not a final disposition.
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See restraining order.
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An order requiring a person to appear in court and explain why certain relief should not be granted.
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A sequence or arrangement of successive things.

Changed the order of the files.

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The prescribed form or customary procedure, as in a meeting or court of law.

The bailiff called the court to order.

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(law) A directive or command of a court.
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(biology) A taxonomic category of organisms ranking above a family and below a class.
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To put into a methodical, systematic arrangement.

Ordered the books on the shelf.

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Social position; rank in the community.
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A state of peace and serenity; observance of the law; orderly conduct.
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The sequence or arrangement of things or events; series; succession.
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Condition or state in general.

Not in working order.

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in order that
  • So that.
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in order to
  • For the purpose of.
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in short order
  • With no delay; quickly.
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on order
  • Requested but not yet delivered.
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on the order of
  • Of a kind or fashion similar to; like:
    A house on the order of a mountain lodge.
  • Approximately; about:
    Equipment costing on the order of a million dollars.
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to order
  • According to the buyer's specifications.
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by order of
  • according to the command of
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call to order
  • to request to be quiet, as to start (a meeting)
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in order
  • as a means to; so as to; to
    Reduce spending in order to eliminate debt.
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in (or out of) order
  • in (or not in) proper sequence or position
  • in (or not in) good or working condition
  • in (or not in) accordance with the rules, as of parliamentary procedure
  • being (or not being) suitable to the occasion
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in order that
  • so that; to the end that
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in short order
  • without delay; quickly
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on order
  • ordered, or requested, but not yet supplied
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on the order of
  • somewhat resembling; similar to
  • approximately; roughly
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order around
  • to treat in a domineering manner
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tall order
  • a difficult task or requirement
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to order
  • in accordance with the buyer's specifications
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
order
Plural:
orders

Origin of order

  • Middle English ordre from Old French variant of ordene from Latin ōrdō ōrdin- ar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition