1. [ verb ] give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
Synonyms: tell say enjoin

"I said to him to go home" "She ordered him to do the shopping" "The mother told the child to get dressed"

Related terms: request call direct command instruct warn injunction
2. [ noun ] (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"

Related terms: command word summons marching_orders military plural
3. [ verb ] make a request for something

"Order me some flowers" "order a work stoppage"

Related terms: request call place wish reorder commission orderer
4. [ noun ] a degree in a continuum of size or quantity
Synonyms: order_of_magnitude

"it was on the order of a mile" "an explosion of a low order of magnitude"

Related terms: magnitude rate
5. [ noun ] established customary state (especially of society)

"order ruled in the streets" "law and order"

Related terms: disorder state peace tranquillity harmony civil_order stability rule_of_law regulate
6. [ noun ] logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements
Synonyms: ordering ordination

"we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"

Related terms: arrangement arrangement series word_order bacteria_order genetic_code genome arrange
7. [ verb ] issue commands or orders for
Synonyms: dictate prescribe
Related terms: inflict mandate command decree prescription authoritarian
8. [ noun ] a condition of regular or proper arrangement
Synonyms: orderliness

: "he put his desk in order" "the machine is now in working order"

Related terms: disorderliness disorderliness condition kelter tidiness spit_and_polish
9. [ verb ] (law) bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
Synonyms: govern regulate regularise regularize

"We cannot regulate the way people dress" "This town likes to regulate"

Related terms: deregulate decide standardize zone government rule regulator standardization
10. [ noun ] (law,writing) a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
Synonyms: decree fiat rescript edict

"a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"

Related terms: act prohibition stay imperial_decree curfew decree_nisi programma consent_decree papal_bull legal_separation law rule decree
11. [ noun ] (writing) a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities
Synonyms: purchase_order

"IBM received an order for a hundred computers"

Related terms: commercial_document mail_order production_order stop_order market_order stop_payment indent credit_order
12. [ noun ] a formal association of people with similar interests
Synonyms: club society gild lodge guild

"he joined a golf club" "they formed a small lunch society" "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"

Related terms: association sorority chapter fraternity country_club tennis_club yacht_club glee_club golf_club hunt Veterans_of_Foreign_Wars American_Legion bookclub racket_club athenaeum turnverein rowing_club slate_club chess_club secret_society service_club investors_club jockey_club club_member ordain
13. [ noun ] a body of rules followed by an assembly
Synonyms: parliamentary_law parliamentary_procedure rules_of_order
Related terms: rule closure robert's_rules_of_order point_of_order previous_question standing_order interpellation proposer
14. [ verb ] place in a certain order

"order these files"

Related terms: arrange ordering
15. [ verb ] bring order to or into

"Order these files"

Related terms: disorder arrange tidy systematize collate disentangle route ordering
16. [ noun ] (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
Related terms: artistic_style corinthian_order dorian_order composite_order tuscan_order ionian_order architecture
17. [ noun ] a request for food or refreshment (as served in a restaurant or bar etc.)

"I gave the waiter my order"

Related terms: request short_order
18. [ verb ] (government) of clerical posts
Synonyms: ordain ordinate consecrate

"he was ordained in the Church"

Related terms: invest club ordainer ordination
19. [ noun ] (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy
Synonyms: holy_order

"theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate order"

Related terms: status priest acolyte subdeacon doorkeeper anagnost lector exorcist deacon
20. [ verb ] arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events, etc.
Synonyms: put set_up arrange

"arrange my schedule" "set up one's life" "I put these memories with those of bygone times"

Related terms: organize synchronize ordering
21. [ verb ] assign a rank or rating to
Synonyms: rate place grade rank range

"how would you rank these students?" "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"

Related terms: judge downgrade upgrade subordinate reorder sequence seed shortlist superordinate prioritize rank gradation place grader gradation
22. [ noun ] (religion) a group of person living under a religious rule
Synonyms: monastic_order

"the order of Saint Benedict"

Related terms: sect benedictine_order franciscan_order carmelite_order carthusian_order dominican_order augustinian_order Society_of_Jesus
23. [ noun ] (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families
Related terms: taxonomic_group protoctist_order plant_order fungus_order animal_order class family suborder biology
24. [ noun ] putting in order
Synonyms: ordering

"there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"

Related terms: organization succession layout scaling rank_order alphabetization rate
Similar spelling:   orderly