What is the meaning of order?


  • Often plural) a command given by a superior (e. G., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed. (
    • usage: "the British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London"
  • A degree in a continuum of size or quantity.
    • usage: "it was on the order of a mile"; "an explosion of a low order of magnitude"
  • Established customary state (especially of society. )
    • usage: "order ruled in the streets"; "law and order"
  • Logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements.
    • usage: "we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"
  • A condition of regular or proper arrangement.
    • usage: "he put his desk in order"; "the machine is now in working order"
  • A legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge. )
    • usage: "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
  • A commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities.
    • usage: "IBM received an order for a hundred computers"
  • A formal association of people with similar interests.
    • usage: "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
  • A body of rules followed by an assembly.
  • Usually plural. ( the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy)
    • usage: "theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate Order"
  • A group of person living under a religious rule.
    • usage: "the order of Saint Benedict"
  • Biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families. (
  • A request for something to be made, supplied, or served.
    • usage: "I gave the waiter my order"; "the company's products were in such demand that they got more orders than their call center could handle"
  • 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.
    • usage: "there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"


  • Give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority.
    • usage: "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"
  • Make a request for something.
    • usage: "Order me some flowers"; "order a work stoppage"
  • Issue commands or orders for.
  • Bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations.
    • usage: "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"
  • Bring order to or into.
    • usage: "Order these files"
  • Place in a certain order.
    • usage: "order the photos chronologically"
  • Appoint to a clerical posts.
    • usage: "he was ordained in the Church"
  • Arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events.
    • usage: "arrange my schedule"; "set up one's life"; "I put these memories with those of bygone times"
  • Assign a rank or rating to.
    • usage: "how would you rank these students"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"
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APAWordNet. (2010). order. Retrieved February 16, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/order/definitions/1193052
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "order" http://smartdefine.org/order/definitions/1193052 (accessed February 16, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, order, Smart Define, viewed 16 February, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/order/definitions/1193052>.
MLAWordNet. "order" 23 October 2010. Web. 16 February 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/order/definitions/1193052>
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