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order

verb
 
 
/ˈɔːdər/
[I or T] COMMERCE to ask a company, store, manufacturer, etc. to supply goods or services: Our new service enables you to order foreign currency online. To order your copy, visit our website or call this number.order sth online/on the internet More and more people are ordering books and DVDs online.
[T] WORKPLACE, GOVERNMENT, LAW to tell someone to do something, especially when you are in a position of legal or official authority: order sb/sth to do sth State agencies were ordered to cut all nonessential energy use. Banks have been ordered by the Financial Services Authority to assess how they would cope in the event of house prices crashing by 40 %.order a trial/investigation/inquiry Local governments have ordered an inquiry into radiation levels in the affected areas.order that Alaska's attorney-general has ordered that the company retain all documents relating to financial transactions in the current fiscal year.
[T] to organize information or data using a particular method: He counted and ordered the copies.order sth alphabetically/numerically/by date Order the documents in the file by date.
(Definition of order verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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