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English definition of “order”


noun (PURPOSE)    /ˈɔː.dər/ US  /ˈɔːr.dɚ/
in order (for sb/sth) to do sth (also in order that sth) B1 with the aim of achieving something: He came home early in order to see the children before they went to bed . I agreed to her suggestion in order not to upset her.Connecting words which introduce a cause or reasonGoals and purposes Grammar:In order toIn order to is a subordinating conjunction.Grammar:So that or in order that?We use so that and in order that to talk about purpose. We often use them with modal verbs (can, would, will, etc.). So that is far more common than in order that, and in order that is more formal:
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