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order

noun
 
 
/ˈɔːdər/
ARRANGEMENT [C, U] B1 the arrangement of a group of people or things in a list from first to last: in alphabetical order in the right/wrong order We ranked the tasks in order of importance.Order and sequenceSimultaneous and consecutiveClassifying and creating order
INSTRUCTION [C] B2 an instruction that someone must obey: to obey orders to give orders Court cases, orders and decisionsInstructions and orders
under orders If you are under orders, someone has told you to do something: [+ to do sth] Team members are under orders to behave well. They claimed they were under orders from the president.Giving orders and commands
REQUEST [C] A2 a request for food or goods in return for payment: Can I take your order now?Buying and selling in general
TIDINESS [U] B2 a situation in which everything is in its correct place: It's nice to see some order around here for a change. I want to put all my things in order before I go away. → Opposite disorderCleaning and tidying places and things
out of order B1 If a machine or system is out of order, it is not working as it should: The coffee machine's out of order.Not functioning If someone's behaviour is out of order, it is not acceptable: What he did was completely out of order.Not good enoughRude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire
in order to do/for sth to do sth B1 with the purpose of achieving something: She worked all summer in order to save enough money for a holiday. In order for our relationship to continue, we need to talk about our problems.Goals and purposesConnecting words which introduce a cause or reason
NO TROUBLE [U] a situation in which people obey laws and there is no trouble: The army was brought in to restore order to the troubled province. How long can the police maintain (= keep) order? → Opposite disorderSocial order and disorder
economic/political/social order the way that the economy, politics, or society is organized: a threat to the established social orderSocial order and disorder
GROUP [C] a religious group who live together and have the same rules: an order of nuns a monastic order → See also mail order, postal order, standing orderMonks and nuns
(Definition of order noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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