Meaning of "order" in Essential American English Dictionary


noun us /ˈɔr·dər/

A2 a request for food and drinks in a restaurant:

Has the waiter taken your order?

B1 the arrangement of a group of people or things in a list from first to last:

The names are in alphabetical order.
We put the tasks in order of importance.
Please keep the books in order (= arranged correctly) on the shelf.
Don’t get the pages out of order (= not arranged correctly).

something that someone tells you that you must do:

You must obey orders at all times.

[ no plural ] the state of everything being neat and in its correct place:

I like to have my desk in order.
out of order

B1 If a machine is out of order, it is not working:

The coffee machine is out of order.
in order to do something

B1 so that you can do something:

She worked all summer in order to save some money.

(Definition of “order noun” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)