Meaning of “order” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /ˈɔːdər/

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.

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B2 an instruction that someone must obey:

to obey orders
to give 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.

A2 a request for food or goods in return for payment:

Can I take your order now?

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 disorder
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.

If someone's behaviour is out of order, it is not acceptable:

What he did was completely out of order.
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.

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 disorder
economic/political/social order

the way that the economy, politics, or society is organized:

a threat to the established social order

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 order

(Definition of “order noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)