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orderly

noun [C] uk   /ˈɔː.dəl.i/ us    /ˈɔːr.dɚ.li/

orderly noun [C] (HOSPITAL WORKER)

a hospital worker who does jobs for which no training is necessary, such as helping the nurses or carrying heavy things: He has a part-time job as a hospital orderly.Doctors and health workers generally

orderly noun [C] (SOLDIER)

a soldier who acts as an officer's servantSoldiers and people who fight in wars

orderly

adjective uk   /ˈɔː.dəl.i/ us    /ˈɔːr.dɚ.li/
well arranged or organized: She put the letters in three orderly piles. Form an orderly queue. During the bomb scare, the customers were asked to proceed in an orderly fashion out of the shop.Clean and tidy
(Definition of orderly from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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