Learner's definition of ORDER
1 : a statement made by a person with authority that tells someone to do something : an instruction or direction that must be obeyed
The captain was barking out orders [=commands] to the crew.
That's an order, not a request!
Failing to comply with an order will result in the loss of your job.
She received an order to appear in court.
They can't close down the school without an order from the governor's office.
The mayor gave/issued an order to evacuate the city.
It's not his fault. He was only following/obeying orders.
I'm not taking orders from you! You're not my boss.
She left the hospital against her doctor's orders. [=her doctor told her not to leave, but she left anyway]
The soldiers were under (strict) orders to shoot anything that moved.
2 a : a specific request asking a company to supply goods or products to a customer
The store received an order for 200 roses this morning.
They had trouble filling large customer orders.
I placed a book order [=an order for a book] yesterday.
I'd like to cancel my order.
We offer free shipping on orders over 50 dollars.
b [count] : a product or a group of products that someone has requested from a company
We don't have that CD in the store right now, but we do have it on order. [=we have ordered it but it has not yet been delivered]
The book is on (special) order from the publisher.
Dresses in larger sizes are available by special order.
3 a : a request for food or drinks made at a restaurant b : the food and drinks that someone has requested at a restaurant c : an amount of food that is served at a restaurant
I'd like a large order of French fries, please.
I'd like a hamburger with a side order of fries. [=I'd like an order of fries with my hamburger]
4 : the particular way that things or events are organized in a list or series
Roll the dice to determine the order of play. [=to decide who will play first, second, third, etc.]
The names were listed in no particular order.
He remembers things happening in a different order.
The actors' names are listed in the order of their appearance. = They are listed in the order in which they appear.
Do these steps in the correct/proper/right order.
a series of jobs listed in order of difficulty/importance/size
The top three contestants were named in random order.
Her CDs are arranged in alphabetical order according to the artists' names.
a series of events given in chronological/historical order
They rank the wines in ascending/descending order according to their quality.
The movie tells the story of her life in reverse order. [=from the end to the beginning]
The books on those shelves are out of order. They need to be put in order.
5 a : an organized and proper state or condition
b : the state in which people behave properly, follow rules or laws, and respect authority
Two weeks after the disaster, he has managed to bring order out of (the) chaos.
Hundreds of families are struggling to get/put their lives back in order after the earthquake.
Get your passport in order before you leave for your trip.
All her documents were in order.
She makes sure the organization's finances are in good order.
Drivers must keep their trucks clean and in (good) working order. [=working properly]
Our leaders must restore order to the city.
the loss of public order
Some teachers have trouble maintaining order in the classroom.
a lack of order and discipline
“Order, order in the court!” the judge shouted at the unruly men.
6 [singular] : a social or political system : the way that a society is organized or controlled
These young activists dared to challenge the established social order.
calling for the end of the old order
a new world order
They seem to have accepted poverty as part of the natural order of things.
7 [singular] : a level of quality or excellence 8 [count], chiefly British : a social class — usually plural 9 [count], biology : a group of related plants or animals that is larger than a family 10 [count] : a large organization of people who have similar jobs or interests and who give help to other members 11 [count] : a religious organization whose members usually live together and promise to follow special rules and traditions 12 [count] : a group of people who have been given an honor or reward by a country's ruler
call (something) to order
: to say that (something, such as a meeting or court session) should begin
: appropriate or desirable
After finishing that three-year project, I decided that a vacation was in order.
An apology is in order, I believe.
— see also 1order 4 (above), 1order 5a (above)
in order for
: to make it possible for someone or something to be or to do something
In order for companies to be successful, they have to sell their products at competitive prices.
We all have to work together in order for us to win. = We can win, but in order for that to happen, we all have to work together.
They were told that in order for them to keep their jobs, they would have to accept a cut in pay.
in order thatformal
— used to say the reason for something
in order to
: to make it possible for something to happen
In order to succeed, companies have to sell their products at competitive prices.
People come here in order to give their children a better life.
She has to work two jobs in order to [=so that she can] support her family.
I checked my bags twice in order to make sure that I had everything.
on the order of(chiefly US)or Britishin/of the order of
: around or about (a specified number)
out of order
1 : not working properly : not able to be used 2 : not following the formal rules of a meeting, court session, etc.
At the last town council meeting, her proposal was ruled out of order by the mayor.
The mayor ruled her out of order.
3 British, informal : beyond what is reasonable or allowable : not right or appropriate
— see also 1order 4 (above)
: in response to a specific order or request
orders; ordered; ordering
orders; ordered; ordering
Learner's definition of ORDER
1 a : to use your authority to tell someone to do something : to give an order to someone
— usually followed by to + verb
They ordered everyone out of the house.
The soldiers were ordered back to the base.
“Stop! Drop your weapon!” ordered the officer.
b : to say that (something) must be done
The police officer ordered him to stop and drop his weapon.
The soldiers were ordered to return to the base.
Everyone on the ship was ordered to put on their life jackets.
I order you to leave this instant!
The court threw out the conviction and ordered a new trial.
The judge ordered that the charges be dismissed.
He was accused of ordering the murder of his wife.
2 : to place an order for (something): such as a : to request (something) from a company
[no object] b : to request (food or drinks) from a restaurant
I'd like to order a large cheese pizza.
She sat down at the bar and ordered a drink.
Would you like me to order you a drink? = Would you like me to order a drink for you?
I had the fish and he ordered the steak.
Do you know what you're going to order?
3 [+ object] : to organize (things) in a particular list or series : to put things in a particular order or position
just what the doctor ordered
order around[phrasal verb]or chiefly Britishorder about
order (someone) around/about
: to give orders to (someone) : to tell (someone) what to do