ordernounuk /ˈɔː.dər/ us /ˈɔːr.dɚ/
order noun (REQUEST)
- I dictated my order over the phone.
- They decided not to honour an existing order for aircraft.
- A waiter hovered at the table, ready to take our order.
- All our customer orders are handled by computer.
- There's no logic in the decision to reduce staff when orders are the highest for years.
order noun (ARRANGEMENT)
order noun (INSTRUCTION)
- I think it galls him to take orders from a younger and less experienced colleague.
- The soldiers listened in silence as their captain gave the orders.
- Don't blame me, I'm only carrying out my orders.
- The judge issued a gagging order to prevent the witnesses from speaking to the press.
- We were sinking fast, and the captain gave the order to abandon ship.
order noun (PURPOSE)
- They've introduced all sorts of new elements to that programme in order to broaden its appeal.
- In order to make the company viable, it will unfortunately be necessary to reduce staffing levels.
- The president took the unusual step of altering his prepared speech in order to condemn the terrorist attack.
- Children need to feel secure in order to do well at school.
- He assumed a false identity in order to escape from the police.
order noun (TIDY)
- Their house is always in apple-pie order.
- You should put your own house in order before you start telling me what to do!
- I need to put the kitchen in order before I can leave.
- Make sure you leave the changing rooms in order.
- We must impose some kind of order on the way this office is run.
order noun (STATE)
order noun (CORRECT BEHAVIOUR)
- There has been a complete breakdown in law and order.
- The army has been brought in to maintain order in the region.
- Would you say the government's stance on law and order has softened?
- The self-declared guardians of law and order held a press conference.
- Without realistic sanctions, some teachers have difficulty keeping order in the classroom.
order noun (SYSTEM)
order noun (RELIGION)
order noun (HONOUR)
order noun (TYPE)
order noun (BIOLOGY)
orderverbuk /ˈɔː.dər/ us /ˈɔːr.dɚ/
order verb (REQUEST)
- The waiter smiled contemptuously at anyone who didn't know which wine to order.
- I ordered a double espresso.
- She quickly emptied her glass and ordered another drink.
- He orders the same thing every time he goes to this restaurant.
- I'll be ordering a take-away later. Would you like anything?
order verb (INSTRUCT)
- I order you to put down your weapon.
- The police have been ordered to pay substantial damages to the families of the two dead boys.
- An inquiry was ordered into the recent rail disaster.
- In a level voice, he ordered the soldiers to aim and fire.
- You can't just come in here and start ordering people around.
order verb (ARRANGE)