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"order" in British English

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ordernoun

uk   /ˈɔː.dər/  us   /ˈɔːr.dɚ/

order noun (REQUEST)

A2 [C] a ​request to make, ​supply, or deliverfood or ​goods: "Can I takeyour order now?" said the ​waiter. I would like to place (= make) an order for a ​largepinetable. [C] a ​product or a ​meal that has been ​asked for by a ​customer: I got an ​email saying that the order has been ​shipped.be on order If something is on order, you have ​asked for it but have not ​yetreceived it: The new ​drillingequipment has been on order for several ​weeks.do/make sth to order to do or make something ​especially for a ​person who has ​asked for it: We make ​weddingcakes to order.
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order noun (ARRANGEMENT)

B1 [U] the way in which ​people or things are ​arranged, either in ​relation to one another or ​according to a ​particularcharacteristic: The ​childrenlined up in order ofage/​height. I can't ​find the ​file I need because they're all out of order (= they are no ​longerarranged in the ​correct way). Put the ​files in alphabetical/​chronological order.mainly UK Here's the running order for the ​concert (= the order in which each ​item will ​happen).
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order noun (INSTRUCTION)

B2 [C often plural] something that someone ​tells you you must do: The ​soldiersfired as ​soon as ​theircommander gave the order. Soldiers must obey orders. What are ​your orders? My orders are tosearch everyone's ​bag as they come in. The ​road was ​closed all ​day by order of the ​police. Clean up this ​roomimmediately - and that's an order!
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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. [C] an ​officialinstructiontelling someone what they can or cannot do, or a written ​instruction to a ​bank to ​paymoney to a ​particularperson
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order noun (PURPOSE)

in order (for sb/sth) to do sth (also in order that sth)
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B1 with the ​aim of ​achieving something: He came ​home early in order to ​see the ​kids before they went to ​bed. I ​agreed to her ​suggestion in order not to ​upset her.

order noun (TIDY)

B2 [U] a ​situation in which everything is ​arranged in ​itscorrectplace: The ​house was such a ​mess that she ​spent the ​wholedaytrying to ​establish some ​kind of order.leave/put sth in order to ​organize something well: I ​try to ​leave my ​desk in order when I go ​home. He put his affairs in order (= made ​arrangements for his ​personal and ​businessmatters) before he went into the ​hospital.
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order noun (STATE)

B1 [U] the ​state of ​workingcorrectly or of being ​suitable for use: TV for ​sale in (good) ​working order. Are ​yourimmigrationpapers in order (= ​legallycorrect)? The ​coffeemachine is out of order (= not ​working).
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order noun (CORRECT BEHAVIOUR)

C2 [U] a ​situation in which ​rules are ​obeyed and ​people do what they are ​expected to do: The ​teacherfound it hard to keep her ​class in order. As the ​demonstrationbegan to ​turnviolent, the ​police were called in to restore order. After some ​heateddiscussion, the ​chairperson called the ​meeting to order (= told everyone to ​stoptalking so that the ​meeting could ​continue).UK Is it in order (= ​allowed) for me to ​park my ​caroutside the ​building?order! formal an ​expression used in a ​parliament or a ​formalmeeting to get people's ​attention and make them ​stoptalking, so that the ​meeting or ​discussion can ​start or ​continue
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order noun (SYSTEM)

C2 [C] a ​social or ​politicalsystem: The ​collapse of ​Communism at the end of the 1980s ​encouragedhopes of a new ​world order.

order noun (RELIGION)

[C, + sing/pl verb] a ​group of ​people who ​join together for ​religious or ​similarreasons and ​liveaccording to ​particularrules: religious/​holy orders monks of the ​Cistercian/​Franciscan Order

order noun (HONOUR)

[S, + sing/pl verb] a ​group that ​people are made ​members of as a ​reward for ​services they have done for ​theircountry: He was made a ​knight of the Order of the Garter.

order noun (TYPE)

[U] the ​type or ​size of something: These were ​problems of a ​completely different order from anything we had ​faced before.formal No ​successfulbusiness can be ​run without ​skills of the ​highest order (= ​greatskills).of the order of (UK also in the order of) approximately: The ​cost will be something in the order of $500.

order noun (BIOLOGY)

[C] specialized biology (used in the classification of ​plants and ​animals) a ​group of ​relatedplants or ​animals: An order is below a ​class and above a ​family.

orderverb

uk   /ˈɔː.dər/  us   /ˈɔːr.dɚ/

order verb (REQUEST)

A2 [I or T] to ​ask for something to be made, ​supplied, or delivered, ​especially in a ​restaurant or ​shop: I ordered some ​pasta and a ​mixedsalad. [+ two objects] There are no ​shirtsleft in this ​size but we could order one for you/order you one.
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order verb (INSTRUCT)

B2 [T] If a ​person in ​authority orders someone to do something, or orders something to be done, they ​tell someone to do it: The ​management has ordered a ​cutback in ​spending. [+ speech] "Wait over there," she ordered. [+ to infinitive] They ordered him toleave the ​room.
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order verb (ARRANGE)

[T] to ​arrange a ​group of ​people or things in a ​list from first to last: The ​documents have been ordered ​alphabetically. I've ordered the ​applicationforms into three ​groups.
(Definition of order from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"order" in American English

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ordernoun

 us   /ˈɔr·dər/

order noun (INSTRUCTION)

[C] something you are told to do by someone ​else and which you must do: [+ to infinitive] The ​company has ​received an order to ​stopreleasingpollution into the ​air. His ​defense was that he was only ​obeying orders.

order noun (ARRANGEMENT)

[U] the way in which ​people or things are ​arranged in ​relation to one another or ​according to a ​particularcharacteristic: Please ​arrange the ​books in ​alphabetical order by ​author. I can’t ​find the ​files I need because they’re all out of order (= they are not ​arranged in the ​correct way). [U] If you ​leave/put things in order, you make them ​neat: I ​want to ​leave my ​desk in order before I go on ​vacation.

order noun (CORRECT BEHAVIOR)

[U] a ​situation in which ​rules are ​obeyed and ​people do what they are ​expected to do: Observers were ​present to ​preserve order during the ​voting.

order noun (USABLE CONDITION)

[U] the ​state of ​workingcorrectly or of being ​suitable for use: The set of ​powertools are all in good ​working order. Are ​yourimmigrationpapers in order (= ​legallycorrect)? The ​elevator is out of order (= not ​working).

order noun (SYSTEM)

[C] a ​social or ​politicalsystem: a new ​economic order

order noun (REQUEST)

[C] An order is also the thing that has been requested: The ​store phoned to say ​your order has come in.on order If something is on order, you have ​asked for it to be ​obtained but have not ​yetreceived it: The ​lamp has been on order for several ​weeks.

orderverb

 us   /ˈɔr·dər/

order verb (REQUEST)

[I/T] to ​ask for something to be made, ​supplied, or ​delivered: [I] Are you ​ready to order, or do you need a little more ​time? [T] I ordered some ​pasta and a ​mixedsalad. [T] After ​looking through the ​catalog, she called the ​store and ordered new ​sheets and ​towels.

order verb (INSTRUCT)

[T] (esp. of a ​person in ​authority) to ​tell someone to do something: They ordered him to ​leave the ​room.
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(Definition of order from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"order" in Business English

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ordernoun

uk   us   /ˈɔːdər/
[C] COMMERCE a ​request from a ​customer for ​goods or ​services: Recent ​trends suggest that orders are unlikely to be ​converted into ​sales until the second half. We make a ​service and ​handlingcharge of $4 for all ​phone and ​internet orders of ​tickets. Already, the US ​aeronauticscompany has ​accumulated its biggest-ever backlog of orders - ​valued at $475 million. online/​postal orders We're encouraged by the ​rise in order intakes this past ​quarter. a ​reduction in order ​volumes in the UKplace/put in an order (for sth) Placing orders by ​computer for ​medications ensures greater ​efficiency and a quicker ​deliverytime to patients.take/get/receive an order (for sth) The Project ​extended the ​period for taking orders for its €45 million ​IPO until Friday.lose/win/cancel an order (for sth) Due to ​technical difficulties, the ​company recently ​lost an order for $175,000 ​worth of bakery ​equipment.process/fill/make up an order (for sth) The ​time it ​takes to ​fill orders for ​cars has ​increased. Once an order goes through, a ​message is ​sent to an ​inventorysystem on another ​computer.orders are up/down Durable ​goods orders were up in October by 2.9 %.orders fall/increase/rise In the past twelve months, we have seen ​export orders ​rise by 26%.
[C] COMMERCE the ​goods that a ​customer has ordered from a ​company, ​store, or ​manufacturer: Call ​centres were ​flooded with ​complaints from ​people who had ​experienced problems with their orders.deliver/send/supply an order We will ​notify you by ​email once your order has been ​sent.receive/get/take delivery of an order The "Super Express" ​optionenablescustomers to receive orders on the next ​working day. handle/trace/monitor an order By going ​online, our ​customers can easily ​trace the ​status of their order. In spite of the ​railstrike, only a handful of orders were delayed.
[C] LAW a ​statement made by a ​court of ​law or an ​officialauthority saying that something must be done: issue/back/block an order The ​company was ​forced to ​stopsellinginsurance in May after the order which was ​issued by Florida's Insurance Department.an order expires/is extended The order was ​scheduled to ​expire today but was ​extended at the ​request of US ​prosecutors.an order to do sth Authorities need an order from the ​courts to ​require libraries to ​providerecords on the ​borrowing of ​books and on the use of ​internetsites.
[S or U] ACCOUNTING, FINANCE the way in which ​data or ​information is ​arranged: in alphabetical/numerical/date order Names of recent ​clients are ​listed in alphabetical order.the order of priority/preference There are ​laws that ​control the order of ​priority for ​payments to ​creditors.
[S or U] ECONOMICS, GOVERNMENT a ​situation in which ​laws or ​rulesrelating to a particular ​activity exist: The ​federalgovernmentneeds to ​bring order to the complicated ​system of ​trading. a new ​world/​global/​economic order
be in order to be necessary : Recent ​events have shown that a ​review of existing ​laws is in order. to be ​legally or ​officially acceptable: Check that all your ​documentation is in order before ​travelling abroad.
build/make sth to order COMMERCE, PRODUCTION to make something for a ​specificcustomer, rather than making something in large ​numbers: All our furniture is made to order.
by order of LAW according to the orders of a ​judge or someone in a ​position of ​authority: After a ​pressscandalconcerning the company's ​CEO, the ​deal was ​canceled by order of the ​stateattorneygeneral.
in ascending/descending order data or ​information that is ​arranged in ascending order is ​arranged so that the ​smallest or least important ​numbers, facts, etc. are shown first; ​data or ​information that is ​arranged in descending order is ​arranged so that the largest or most important ​numbers, facts, etc. are shown first: Click once and the ​list is ​sorted in ascending order; ​click again and it's ​sorted in descending order.
in good/working, etc. order in good ​condition, or in good enough ​condition to be used: Business ​owners are being urged to ​check that their ​CCTV cameras are in ​working order.
in the order of sth (US also on the order of sth) having the ​approximatevaluestated: The German ​group is capable of ​financing a ​deal in the order of €100bn. The latest ​estimates of the state's unfunded ​pensionliability are on the order of $10 ​billion.
keep/put sth in order to make sure that something is done in a ​controlled way, or to take ​action in order to ​control something : Huge ​budgetcuts are inevitable in order to put ​publicfinances back in order.
on order COMMERCE something that is on order has been ​asked for by a ​customer but has not yet been received by them: The ​shippingcompany is the largest ​buyer of the new ​trucks, with 55 ​currently on order.
order of business MEETINGS the order in which different subjects are discussed at a ​businessmeeting: Has anyone any ​changes to suggest to the order of ​business? Our first order of ​business is how to ​tackle the ​currentdebtcrisis.
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out of order not acceptable according to a ​law or ​rule, or according to what ​peoplethink is ​correct or suitable: Her comments were ruled out of order by the ​chairperson. The Press Complaints ​Commissionacknowledged that ​newspapercoverage of the ​event had been completely out of order. a ​machine that is out of order is not ​working correctly: All our ​elevators are ​currently out of order. documents, ​files, etc. that are out of order are not ​arranged in the ​correct way: The ​pages I ​printed out were all out of order.

orderverb

uk   us   /ˈɔːdər/
[I or T] COMMERCE to ​ask a ​company, ​store, ​manufacturer, etc. to ​supplygoods or ​services: Our new ​serviceenables you to order ​foreigncurrencyonline. 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 ​DVDsonline.
[T] WORKPLACE, GOVERNMENT, LAW to tell someone to do something, especially when you are in a ​position of ​legal or ​officialauthority: order sb/sth to do sth Stateagencies 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 ​housepricescrashing 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 ​companyretain all ​documentsrelating to ​financialtransactions in the ​currentfiscalyear.
[T] to ​organizeinformation 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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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