orderor‧der1 /ˈɔːdə $ ˈɔːrdər/ ●●●S1W1 noun1for a purposea)in order to do something for the purpose of doing somethingSamuel trained every day in order to improve his performance.In order to understand how the human body works, you need to have some knowledge of chemistry.b)in order for/that formal so that something can happen or so that someone can do somethingSunlight is needed in order for the process of photosynthesis to take place in plants.2arrangement [countable, uncountable]ORDER/SEQUENCE the way that things or events are arranged in relation to each other, so that one thing is first, another thing is second etc syn sequencein the right/correct orderMake sure that you put the books back in the right order.out of order/in the wrong orderThe files are all out of order.in order (=one after another, according to a plan)Then they call out our names in order and we answer yes or no.in alphabetical orderTheir names are arranged in alphabetical order.in order of importance/difficulty etcThe cities are listed in order of importance.Students learn the verbs in order of difficulty.in ascending/descending order (=starting with the lowest or highest number)The prices are given in ascending order.in reverse orderShe read out the names in reverse order.There seemed to be no logical order to the sections.3instruction [countable usually plural]TELL/ORDER somebody TO DO something an instruction to do something that is given by someone in authorityorder to do somethingThe captain had to give the order to abandon ship.under orders (from somebody) (to do something)She is under orders to have a complete rest.on somebody’s ordersHe was thrown into the river on the emperor’s orders.by order of somebodyThe company cannot be identified by order of the court.4controlled situation [uncountable]OBEY a situation in which rules are obeyed and authority is respectedthe breakdown of law and orderThe riots are a threat to public order.keep order/keep somebody in order (=stop people from behaving badly)The physics teacher couldn’t keep order in any class.She had trouble keeping her teenage sons in order.The army was called in to restore order.5well-organized state [uncountable]ORGANIZE a situation in which everything is controlled, well organized, and correctly arrangedLet’s have some order in here.You need to put your financial affairs in order.She keeps her room in good order.6for food or drinkBBTASK FOR something/ASK somebody TO DO something [countable]a)a request for food or drink in a restaurant or barThe waiter took our orders.last orders British English (=the last time you can order a drink before a bar closes)Last orders now please!b)the food or drink you have asked for in a restaurant or barWhen our order finally arrived we were very hungry indeed. →side order7for goods [countable]DFBBTa)a request by a customer for a company to supply goodsGoods will be sent within 24 hours of receiving your order.You can always cancel your order if you change your mind.The government has placed an order for (=asked a company to supply) new weapons.Please complete the enclosed order form.on order (=asked for, but not yet received)My bicycle is on order.make/supply something to order (=produce something especially for a particular customer)They make hand-made shoes to order.b)goods that you have ordered from a companyYour order has arrived – you can collect it from the store any time. →mail order8 →be out of order9 →be in order10 →be in (good) working/running order11social/economic situation [singular]PSS the political, social, or economic situation at a particular timesocial/political orderHe called the rioters a threat to the social order.The people of South Africa wanted a new order.He dared to challenge the established (=traditional) order.12 →be the order of the day13 →the order of things14 →of a high order/of the highest order15 →withdraw/retreat in good order16 →in the order of something/of the order of something17religious group [countable]RR a society of monks or nuns (=people who live a holy life according to religious rules)the Benedictine Orderorder ofthe order of Jesuits18 →take (holy) orders19secret society [countable]SSO an organization or a society whose members meet for secret ceremonies20official honour [countable]PGO a group of people who have received a special official reward from a king, president etc for their services or achievementsthe Order of the Garter21money [countable]BFBMONEY an official piece of paper that can be exchanged for money →money order, postal order22 →the lower orders23animals/plants [countable] technicalHBAHBP a group of animals or plants that are considered together because they evolved from the same plant or animal →class1(5), species24TDcomputer [countable] American English a list of jobs that a computer has to do in a particular order syn queue British English25 →Order! Order! →pecking order, point of order, standing order, → call somebody/something to orderat call1(16), → set/put your own house in orderat house1(7), → be given/get your marching ordersat march1(5), → in short orderat short1(22), → under starter’s ordersat starter, → tall orderat tallCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: the way that things or events are arranged in relation to each other, so that one thing is first, another thing is second etcadjectivesthe right/correct orderOf course, the notes must be played in the right order.the wrong orderThe pages had been put in the wrong order.the same orderHe always closed the windows in the same order.reverse orderThey announced the results in reverse order, starting with the last.alphabetical orderList the names in alphabetical order.numerical orderThe dogs are given numbers, and stand in numerical order while the judge looks at them.chronological order (=the order that things happened in time)The paintings are arranged in chronological order.ascending/descending order (=with the lowest or highest number first)The films are ranked in ascending order of profitability.a logical orderPut the events of the story into a logical order.phrasesput/arrange something in orderDecide what points you want to talk about, and put them in order.in order of importance/priority/preference etcThe country’s main exports were, in order of importance, coffee, sugar, and soya beans.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: an instruction to do something that is given by someone in authorityverbsgive/issue an orderDo not fire until I give the order.obey an orderHe refused to obey this order.follow orders/carry out orders (=obey them)The men argued that they had only been following orders.take orders from somebody (=be given orders by them and obey them)I don’t take orders from you!disobey/ignore an orderAnyone who disobeys these orders will be severely punished.have orders to do somethingThe soldiers had orders to shoot anyone on the streets after 10 o'clock.receive an orderThe general says he received no order to withdraw.make an order (=used of a court)The court made an adoption order.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + ordera direct order (=a clear order)What happens to a soldier who disobeys a direct order?strict ordersThey had strict orders not to allow anyone through.a court order (=when a judge in a court says you must do something)Now they’re faced with a court order that could force them to leave.an executive order (=an order from a president)President Grant issued an executive order establishing a reservation for the Nez Perce Indians.doctor’s orders (=when the doctor says you must do something)She was to rest as much as possible on doctor’s orders.
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order• The games were displayed on a long wall, in alphabeticalorder, from Acrobats to Wheel of Fortune.• In knowing that something is an order one knows all there is to know about its relation to its execution.• The court has issued an order blocking the sale of this drug.• I want the report ready by noon - and that's an order.• The FraternalOrder of Police• He said Eurydice stayed in her room most of the time, but now she gave orders and she had stopped crying.• He developed a filing system to try to imposeorder on the mass of information.• List three choices in order of preference.• My orders are to take you to the airport and put you on the first plane to Paris.• the National Order of Loyal Knights• Can we have a bit or order here? Someone straighten those desks out to start with!• Check that all the names are in the right order.• The commander's orders must be obeyed at all times.• On Stalin's orders, the target for the 5 year plan was raised once again.• I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos.• I'm not taking orders from you!• General Bradley gave the order to advance.• I'm the one who gives the orders around here -- just remember that.• Movie scenes are not shot in the order in which they are shown.• Richmondshire District Council agreed to make the orderannouncing the pay and display scheme which will start on June 1.• The offer's open only while stocks last so hurry to post off the order form.• Anyone who disobeys this order will be punished.• Put it into a large mixing bowl and add, in this order, the milk, the honey, the meltedbutter, and the salt.• The human beings who survive the Flood come from the old corrupt, violentorder.• The government also is tinkering with how it talliesHispaniccitizens and in what order questions are put to respondents.• It doesn't matter which order you answer the questions in.• I'm very sorry, but we seem to have lost your order.restore order• Isagoras the Archon cried that this was revolution; and he appealed to his friend Kleomenes to come back and restore order.• With the ceasefire in operation, government troops attempted to restore order in Kabul by disarmingmujaheddinfightersroaming the city.• They had to call in the National Guard to restore order.• An emergency management team flew in from company headquarters to restore order.• These are relatively inexpensive and can help to restore order to superficial chaos.• Employers brought maximum pressure to bear on workers in order to restore order: recalcitrantstrikers faced lock-outs.• The only hope lay in trying to restore order.• He had a hammer and banged it against the walls to restore order but nobody took any notice of him.in good order• Check that your writing materials, etc., are in good order.• The hope was to get the economy in good order in time for national elections in October 1998.• They check that the employees in that department know who is in charge and have kept it in good order.• The millpond is still maintained in good order although it is smaller, formerly extending right up to the back wall.• We therefore laid our plans and moved out in good order over a long period of time.• Unfortunately, on our first evening, things weren't in good order.• Everything was in good order, a Rolls-Roycedromedary.last orders• The customers had been mainly blokes, but just before last orders two young women had turned up.• Holy orders makes a change from last orders.• At sunset the last orders had been issued, every commander knew his duty, and unusual quiet prevailed in the fleet.make/supply something to order• Got supplies I got to order.• A greater problem arises at the stage where you have made the article to order and it's not quite right.established ... order• Once the component parts have been established, their order in terms of time-scale can be decided.• This was a special classification, established in order to fit the Volunteers into the university framework.• Afterwards, the surviving knights established the Order of the Blazing Sun with Myrmidia as its patron and protector.• Historicalincidents were no more than superficial disturbances of the established order or recurring events of unchangingsignificance.• Most of those words are cynical, humorous and often subversive to the established order.• Every once in a great while, the established order is overthrown.• In this conception of the social and political world, the established order is not permanently fixed.• The character who can maintain such an idea is a formidableopponent to established order.order of• She returned with my order of fries• the Order of St. Agnes
orderorder2 ●●●S2W2 verb1ask for food/drink [intransitive, transitive] to ask for food or a drink in a restaurant, bar etcAnne ordered another glass of wine.Are you ready to order?He sat down and ordered a meal.► see thesaurus at ask2ask for goods [intransitive, transitive]BBTASK FOR something/ASK somebody TO DO something to ask for goods or services to be suppliedI’ve ordered a new computer from the supplier.order somebody somethingI’ll order you a taxi.3tell somebody to do something [transitive]TELL/ORDER somebody TO DO something to tell someone that they must do something, especially using your official power or authorityThe court ordered his release from prison.‘Stay right there, ’ she ordered.order somebody to do somethingTom was ordered to pay £300 as compensation.Her doctor had ordered her to rest for a week.be ordered back to somethingThe soldiers were ordered back to their units.order thatHe ordered that the house be sold.4arrange [transitive]ARRANGE A GROUP OF THINGS OR PEOPLE to arrange something in an orderThe list is ordered alphabetically.THESAURUS – Meaning 3: to tell someone that they must do something, especially using your official power or authorityto tell someone they must do somethingorder to tell someone that they must do something, using your official power or authorityA policeman ordered him to stop.He ordered his men to put down their weapons.‘Don’t move, ’ he ordered.tell to say to someone that they must do somethingStop telling me what to do!The headmaster told me to wait outside his office.give orders/instructions to tell someone exactly what they must doThe police chief gave orders to shoot.The doctor gave instructions that she should rest as much as possible.command used about a high-ranking person such as a general, captain, or king ordering someone to do somethingThe general commanded the troops to fall back. They believe that the Lord has commanded them to do this.instruct formal to tell someone to do something, especially when you tell them exactly how it should be doneThe architect was instructed to keep the plans simple.She took three tablets every day, as instructed by her doctor.direct to give someone an official or legal order to do somethingThe judge directed the jury to find her not guilty.subpoena /səˈpiːnə, səb-/ to officially order someone to appear in a court of law in order to answer questionsAnother three of the president’s advisors were subpoenaed. →order somebody around →order somebody ↔ out→ See Verb table
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order• "Don't move", he ordered.• "Put your hands up!" the officer ordered.• Let the arcs of the net be ordered.• Haverford ordered a coffee and a cognac italiano per favore.• So, too, Equity might order a document executed under a mistake to be rectified.• Would you like to order a drink before dinner?• After the accident the government ordered a full public enquiry.• We had ordered a pale blue armchair but the one that was delivered was dark green.• The psychology books are ordered according to title, not according to author.• In tribute, Clinton Thursdayordered all Arleigh Burke class destroyers to steam at noon for five minutes at 31 knots.• But Joe does not argue or order another; the bartender has put him in a good mood.• Only the king has the power to order her release from prison.• Therefore, you are ordered herewith to shut up about the Marlins' payroll.• She pointed her gun at him, ordering him out of the room.• The colonelordered his men to advance.• The desks were neatly ordered in rows.• I'm afraid we don't have that book in stock, but we can order it for you.• He also ordered that all public meetings or conferences had to be cleared with the Mayor's office three days in advance.• The court ordered that Gilmore should be executed.• Herrera ordered that this inhuman practice must cease and proposed to put recruiting on a voluntary basis.• A man with a gun ordered the woman to give him all her money.• He was ordered to pay £4000 towards the court costs of £10,000.• He was ordered to pay a total of £65 compensation.• It wasn't until 1973 that Nixon finally ordered US troops out of Vietnam.order somebody something• Maybe we should order John a drink too.order that• Worse, Joe heard that Johnson had ordered that all transactions between Defense and State be channeled through him.• Put them in the order that Anna sees them.• It is precisely the integration of cybernetic mechanisms in a hierarchicalorder thatenables animals to develop the more complexcognitive functions.• Joseph of Medaille, an order that has only a few convents in the United States, one of them in Crookston.• The court has the power to order that illegal copies of the movie be destroyed.• They should be numbered on all drafts in order thatrevisions will be easily referred to in the writing process.• He then ordered that the house be destroyed.• Their dead they buried at the summit in order that their souls find the path to heaven more easily.• A federal court has ordered that this must be done by June 1st; voters have already turned down one plan.From Longman Business Dictionaryorderor‧der1 /ˈɔːdəˈɔːrdər/ noun1[countable] a request by a customer for goods or servicesTo place your order by telephone, call this number between 8 am and 6 pm.order forThe company has received an order for 1,500 machines.It has three firm orders (=definite ones) for its latest twin-jet aircraft. →advance order →back order →buy limit order →buy order →copy order →day order →delivery order →discretionary order →job order →market order →purchase order →repeat order →rush order →sell order →stop order2[countable]COMMERCE goods that someone has ordered from a companyYour order has arrived - you can collect it from the store any time. →part order3advance orders [plural]COMMERCE the number of requests by customers to buy a new product, book, or record before it has been put on saleHis new album had been released to advance orders in the UK of 100,000.4on orderCOMMERCE if goods are on order, a customer has asked for them but has not yet received themAmerica’s airlines alone have more than $130 billion-worth of aircraft on order.5to orderCOMMERCE if something is made or supplied to order, it is made or supplied especially for a particular customer who has asked for itOur exclusive conservatories are still handmade to order, using traditional skills.6[countable]LAW an official statement from a court of law or other authority stating that something must be doneThe decision removed a temporary restraining order that prevented the New York Department of Insurance from releasing the reports. →administration order →bankruptcy order →compulsory purchase order →court order →gagging order →judge's order →receiving order7[uncountable] the condition of goods or property when they are bought or soldThe documents state the quantity of goods and their apparent order and condition when received.The property is in good decorative order.8be in (good/perfect) working/running order if equipment, a machine etc is in good working order, it is working wellOur standards ensure a BMW bought from us is in perfect running order.9be out of order if equipment or a machine is out of order, it is not workingI tried to ring him yesterday but his phone was out of order.10[singular, uncountable] the way that several things are arranged, showing which comes first, second etcPlace the proposals in order of priority. →pecking order11the order of business the arrangement of different subjects for discussion at a meetingAs clerk to the committee, your main task is to establish the order of business.12the first/top order of business American English the most important thing to be discussed at a meeting or dealt withHouse Democratic leaders plan to make the proposed tax the top order of business when Congress returns. → see alsobanker's order, international money order, mail order, money order, point of order, postal order, standing orderorderorder2 verb [transitive]1COMMERCEto ask a company to supply goods or servicesDealers have been reluctant to order new cars in the face of weak sales.You can order computer games or DVDs that aren’t in stock.2to tell someone to do something, using your authority or power over themA federal appeals court in Philadelphia overturned the verdict and ordered a new trial.order somebody to do somethingCongress has ordered businesses to comply with the new regulations.→ See Verb table