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order

noun (INSTRUCTION)    /ˈɔː.dər/ US  /ˈɔːr.dɚ/
B2 [C often plural] something that someone tells you you must do: The soldiers fired as soon as their commander gave the order. Soldiers must obey orders. What are your orders? My orders are to search everyone's bag as they come in. The road was closed all day by order of the police . Clean up this room immediately - and that's an order! → Compare request nounInstructions and orders be under orders to have been told that you must do something by someone in authority : We are under orders not to allow anyone into the building .Instructions and orders [C] an official instruction telling someone what they can or cannot do, or a written instruction to a bank to pay money to a particular person Court cases, orders and decisions
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