order meaning

[ 'ɔ:də ] Pronunciation:   "order" in a sentence
Noun: order  ordu(r)
  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"
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Verb: order  ordu(r)
  1. Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
    "She ordered him to do the shopping"
    - tell, enjoin, say 
  2. Make a request for something
    "Order me some flowers"; "order a work stoppage" 
  3. Issue commands or orders for
    - prescribe, dictate 
  4. Bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
    - regulate, regularize, regularise [Brit], govern 
  5. Bring order to or into
    "Order these files" 
  6. Place in a certain order
    "order the photos chronologically" 
  7. Appoint to a clerical posts
    - ordain, consecrate, ordinate 
  8. Arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events
    - arrange, set up, put 
  9. Assign a rank or rating to
    - rate, rank, range, grade, place
Noun: Order
  1. (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"
    - Holy Order

Derived forms: orders, ordering, ordered

See also: orderer, orderly, ordinal

Type of: act, arrange, arrangement, artistic style, asking, association, bespeak, bid, bidding, bring down, call for, command, commercial document, commercial instrument, condition, decide, determine, dictation, enactment, enthrone, evaluate, idiom, impose, inflict, invest, judge, magnitude, make up one's mind, obtrude, organisation [Brit], organise [Brit], organization, organize, pass judgment, position, prescript, quest, religious order, religious sect, request, rule, sect, set up, state, status, taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group, vest, visit

Antonym: disorder

Part of: class

Encyclopedia: Order


[Architecture]
1.

In Classical architecture, an arrangement of a particular style of column together with the entablature (which it supports) and standardized details, including its base and capital. The Greeks developed the Corinthian order, Doric order, and Ionic order; the Romans added the Composite order and Tuscan order. For each order, the height and spacing of the columns is established in terms of a specified number of diameters of the lower part of the columns; the design of the base and capital is also prescribed. The height of the entablatures is determined by the height of the columns.

2.

In masonry, one ring of several around an arch.

Doric order, 2

An arch of two orders, 3, each having its carved hood molding


[Business]
AmE / noun, verb

noun

ADMINISTRATION ORDER, ADVANCE ORDER, BACK ORDER, BANKER'S ORDER, BANKRUPTCY ORDER, BUILD-TO-ORDER, BUYING ORDER, BUY LIMIT ORDER, BUY ORDER, COURT ORDER, DAY ORDER, DELIVERY ORDER, DISCRETIONARY ORDER, FILL OR KILL ORDER, GAGGING ORDER, GAG ORDER, GOOD-TILL-CANCELLED ORDER, GTC ORDER, LIMIT ORDER, MADE TO ORDER, MAKE-TO-ORDER, MAIL ORDER, MANDATORY ORDER, MARKET ORDER, MONEY ORDER, PART ORDER, PAYABLE TO ORDER, PECKING ORDER, POINT OF ORDER, POSTAL MONEY ORDER, POSTAL ORDER, PURCHASE ORDER, RECEIVING ORDER, SELLING ORDER, SELL LIMIT ORDER, SELL ORDER, STANDING ORDER

1 [C,U]

a request to make, supply or send goods:

I would like to place an order for ten copies of this book.

The company has just won an order to supply engines to a French business airline.

We have firm orders worth $9 million.

Domestic and export orders are growing.

The machine parts are still on order (= they have been ordered but have not yet been received).

These items can be made to order (= produced especially for a particular customer).

He placed a big order for computer games with the factory.

The loss of the order may cost jobs in the factory.

❖ to place/put in an order

◆ to have/fill/fulfil/meet/process an order

◆ to cancel/get/lose/receive/win an order

◆ a bulk/cash/firm/large/small order

◆ a repeat order

2 [C]

goods that are made, supplied or sent in response to a particular order:

The stationery order has arrived.

Your order will be dispatched immediately.

We can supply your order within five working days.

3 [C]

an official instruction that is given by a court or similar authority:

The order required them to return to work within 80 days or face redundancy.

The order was issued by the court last May.

They planned to appeal the order.

❖ to grant/issue/make/obtain/seek an order

◆ to lift/remove an order

◆ to appeal/comply with/execute/obey an order

4 [C]

a formal written instruction for sb to be paid money or to do sth:

You can cash the order at any post office.

You can pay by cash, credit card or postal order.

IDIOMS

in order

(about an official document) that can be used because it is all correct and legal:

Check that your work permit is in order.

SYN VALID

in running/working order

(especially about machines) working well:

The engine is now in perfect working order.

of/in the order of ... (BrE) (AmE on the order of ...) (formal)

about sth; approximately sth:

She earns something in the order of €50 000 a year.

They predicted that the economy would grow on the order of one percentage point.

order of business

the arrangement of subjects for discussion at a meeting:

The order of business was announced at the beginning of the meeting.

SYN AGENDA

out of order

1

(about a machine etc.) not working correctly:

The phone is out of order.

2

not arranged correctly or neatly:

I checked the files and some of the papers were out of order.

3 (formal)

not allowed by the rules of a formal meeting or debate:

His objection was ruled out of order.

BULK noun, CALL verb

verb [+ obj]

1 order (sb) sth | order sth (for sb)

to ask for goods to be made, supplied or sent; to ask for a service to be provided:

These boots can be ordered direct from the manufacturer.

You can order our product on the Internet.

Shall I order you a cab?

Shall I order a cab for you?

2

to use your position of authority to tell sb to do sth or say that sth must happen:

The government has ordered an investigation into the accident.

The company was ordered to pay compensation to its former employees.

3

to organize or arrange sth:

The program orders the files according to their size.

PHRASAL VERBS

order sb about/around

to keep telling sb what to do in a way that is annoying or unpleasant:

It was obvious he was used to ordering people around.

He didn't like being ordered around.


[Defence]
(*) A communication, written, oral, or by signal, which conveys instructions from a superior to a subordinate.
(DOD only) In a broad sense, the terms “order” and “command” are synonymous.
However, an order implies discretion as to the details of execution whereas a command does not.

[Economics]
See limit, market order, stop-loss order

Examples

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  1. perfect order reigned throughout the entire country.
  2. i would order a lateral skull film.
  3. enclosed is an order for fifty pounds.
  4. the honoured guests took their seats in due order.
  5. a laboratory must be kept in good order.

Related Words

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  5. ordeal tree meaning
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  8. order accipitriformes meaning
  9. order actinaria meaning
  10. order actiniaria meaning
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