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order

noun
 
/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 Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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