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Dictionary Definition



1 (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed; "the British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London"
2 a degree in a continuum of size or quantity; "it was on the order of a mile"; "an explosion of a low order of magnitude" [syn: order of magnitude]
3 established customary state (especially of society); "order ruled in the streets"; "law and order" [ant: disorder]
4 logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements; "we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation" [syn: ordering, ordination]
5 a condition of regular or proper arrangement; "he put his desk in order"; "the machine is now in working order" [syn: orderliness] [ant: disorderliness, disorderliness]
6 a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there" [syn: decree, edict, fiat, rescript]
7 a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities; "IBM received an order for a hundred computers" [syn: purchase order]
8 a formal association of people with similar interests; "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today" [syn: club, society, guild, gild, lodge]
9 a body of rules followed by an assembly [syn: rules of order, parliamentary law, parliamentary procedure]
10 (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy; "theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate order" [syn: holy order]
11 a group of person living under a religious rule; "the order of Saint Benedict" [syn: monastic order]
12 (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families
13 a request for food or refreshment (as served in a restaurant or bar etc.); "I gave the waiter my order"
14 (architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans
15 putting in order; "there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list" [syn: ordering]


1 give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed" [syn: tell, enjoin, say]
2 make a request for something; "Order me some flowers"; "order a work stoppage"
3 issue commands or orders for [syn: prescribe, dictate]
4 bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate" [syn: regulate, regularize, regularise, govern] [ant: deregulate]
5 bring order to or into; "Order these files" [ant: disorder]
6 place in a certain order; "order these files"
7 appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church" [syn: ordain, consecrate, ordinate]
8 arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events, etc.; "arrange my schedule"; "set up one's life"; "I put these memories with those of bygone times" [syn: arrange, set up, put]
9 assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide" [syn: rate, rank, range, grade, place]

User Contributed Dictionary



From ordre.


  • (UK) /ˈɔːdə/, /"O:d@/
  • (US) /ˈɔɹdɚ/, /"Ord@`/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː(r)də(r)
  • Hyphenation: or·der


  1. Arrangement, disposition, sequence.
  2. The state of being well arranged.
  3. A command.
  4. A request for some product or service.
  5. A group of religious adherents, especially monks or nuns, set apart within their religion by adherence to a particular rule or set of principles; as, the Jesuit Order.
  6. A society of knights; as, the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Bath.
  7. In the context of "countable|biology|taxonomy": A rank in the classification of organisms, below class and above family; a taxon at that rank
    Magnolias belong to the order Magnoliales.
  8. The sequence in which a side’s batsmen bat; the batting order.
  9. a power of polynomial function in an electronic circuit’s block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.
    • a 3-stage cascade of a 2nd-order bandpass Butterworth filter.
  10. The overall power of the rate law of a chemical reaction, expressed as a polynomial function of concentrations of reactants and products.
  11. a number of vertices in a graph
  12. In the context of "order theory": A partially ordered set.


  • 1611 — King James Version of the Bible, Luke 1:1
    Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...



arrangement, disposition
  • Czech: pořadí
  • Dutch: volgorde
  • Finnish: järjestys
  • French: ordre
  • German: Ordnung
  • Hungarian: rendezés, rend
  • Indonesian: aturan
  • Interlingua: ordine
  • Irish: bail
  • Italian: ordine
  • Japanese: 順序 (jyunjo)
  • Polish: porządek
  • Portuguese: ordem
  • Russian: порядок
  • Slovene: red , ureditev
  • Spanish: orden
  • Swedish: ordning
  • Telugu: అమరిక (amarika)
good arrangement
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 命令 (mìng lìng)
  • Dutch: order, bevel
  • Finnish: käsky
  • French: ordre
  • German: Order, Befehl
  • Greek: διαταγή
  • Hungarian: parancs
  • Indonesian: perintah
  • Interlingua: ordine
  • Italian: ordine, comando
  • Japanese: 命令 (meirei)
  • Korean: 명령 (myeongnyeong)
  • Polish: rozkaz
  • Portuguese: ordem
  • Russian: приказ
  • Slovene: ukaz
  • Spanish: orden, mandato
  • Swedish: befallning
  • Telugu: ఆదేశము (aadESamu)
request for some product or service
religious group
  • Czech: řád
  • Dutch: orde
  • Finnish: veljeskunta, lahko
  • French: ordre
  • German: Orden
  • Greek: τάγμα
  • Hungarian: rend
  • Indonesian: ordo
  • Interlingua: ordine
  • Italian: ordine
  • Polish: zakon
  • Portuguese: ordem
  • Russian: орден
  • Slovene: red
  • Spanish: orden, mandato
taxonomical classification
  • Czech: řád
  • Finnish: lahko
  • French: ordre
  • German: Ordnung
  • Hungarian: rend
  • Indonesian: ordo
  • Interlingua: ordine
  • Italian: ordine
  • Japanese: (moku)
  • Portuguese: ordem
  • Russian: отряд
  • Slovene: red
Cricket - The sequence in which a side’s batsmen bat
Electronics - a power of polynomial function in a circuit’s block
  • Japanese: (ji)
  • Russian: порядок
Chemistry - a number of a chemical reaction
  • German: Ordnungszahl
  • Japanese: (ji)
Graphtheory - a number of vertices in a graph
partially ordered set
  • Czech: uspořádaná množina


  1. To set in (any) order (1).
  2. To set in (a good) order (2).
  3. To issue a command.
  4. To request some product or service.

Derived terms


to set in (any) order
to set in (a good) order
to issue a command
to request some product or service

Extensive Definition

Order may refer to:


Religious, chivalric and fraternal

Legal, political and military

In economics and commerce

In science

In mathematics

Order in arithmetic, analysis and combinatorics

Order in fractals

Order in graphs

Order in mathematical theories

In computer science

In electronics and telecommunications

In architecture and urban planning


order in Bosnian: Red (čvor)
order in Bulgarian: Орден
order in Catalan: Ordre (desambiguació)
order in Czech: Řád
order in Danish: Orden
order in German: Orden
order in Spanish: Orden (desambiguación)
order in Esperanto: Ordeno
order in French: Ordre
order in Galician: Orde
order in Italian: Ordine
order in Latin: Ordo (discretiva)
order in Latvian: Ordenis
order in Japanese: オーダー (曖昧さ回避)
order in Norwegian: Orden
order in Polish: Porządek
order in Portuguese: Ordem
order in Romanian: Ordin (dezambiguizare)
order in Russian: Орден (значения)
order in Sicilian: Òrdini
order in Simple English: Order
order in Slovak: Rád
order in Swedish: Ordning
order in Chinese: 目

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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demand, demand for, demanded, deme, denomination, deploy, deployment, descent, description, desire, determination, determine, diagnosis, dictate, dictation, dictum, digest, direct, direct order, direction, directions, directive, disciples, discipline, disordered, disorganized, disposal, dispose, disposition, distribution, divide, division, doom, draft, drain, duty, echelon, economic class, edict, election, endogamous group, engage, engineer, enjoin, equilibrium, estate, euphony, exact, exaction, expediency, extended family, extension, extent, extort, extortion, extortionate demand, faction, faith, family, fashion, favorableness, feather, felicity, fellowship, fettle, fiat, file, file for, final instructions, find, find against, find for, finding, fitness, fitting, fix, folk, followers, following, footing, force, form, formation, formulation, fraternal order, fraternity, garter, gear, genotype, gens, genus, give an order, give the word, glossology, gold star, good condition, goodness, govern, grace, grade, grand cordon, group, grouping, guide, guild, guise, handle, harmonize, harmony, head, head up, heading, health, heavy demand, hest, hierarchize, hierarchy, holy orders, house, ilk, imperative, importance, impose, imposition, impost, improper, in disorder, in disrepair, in order, in order to, indecorous, indent, index, induction, injunction, inoperative, insistent demand, installation, institution, instruct, instruction, instructions, integrity, investiture, ism, issue a command, issue a writ, issue an ultimatum, kaput, kidney, kilter, kin, kind, kingdom, kinship group, knighthood, label, law, law and order, lawfulness, lay out, layout, lead, lead on, league, level, levy, line, line of action, line up, lineage, lines, lineup, list, lodge, logical sequence, magnitude, major orders, make, make a demand, make a request, make a requisition, make application, make the rules, manage, mandate, maneuver, manipulate, manner, manner of working, marshal, marshaling, mastermind, matriclan, matter, means, measure, measuredness, medal, medallion, meetness, method, methodize, methodology, military medal, minor orders, mode, mode of operation, mode of procedure, modus operandi, moiety, nation, naturalism, naturalness, nature, naturism, nearness, neat, neatness, needed, neighborhood, niceness, nomenclature, nomination, nonnegotiable demand, normalcy, normality, normalize, normalness, not cricket, notice, nuclear family, officer, offshoot, on the blink, on the fritz, onomastics, onomatology, opportuneness, ordain, ordainment, order about, order of succession, order up, orderedness, ordering, orderliness, orderly, orders, ordinance, ordination, organization, organize, orismology, ornament, out of commission, out of order, out of place, out of whack, pacify, party, pass judgment, pass sentence, patriclan, pattern, peace, peace and quiet, peacefulness, pecking order, people, permission, persuasion, phratria, phratry, phyle, phylum, pigeonhole, place, place an order, place-names, place-naming, placement, plan, plant kingdom, pleasure, polyonymy, position, posteriority, postposition, power structure, practice, precedence, precedent, precept, predicament, preferment, prepared, prescribe, prescript, prescription, presentation, probity, procedure, proceeding, proceedings, process, procession, proclaim, proclamation, prognosis, progression, prolongation, promulgate, pronounce, pronounce judgment, pronounce on, pronouncement, pronunciamento, properness, proportion, propriety, proximity, pull the strings, purchase, put, put in for, put in order, put in requisition, put in shape, put to rights, quarterback, quiet, quiet life, quietness, quietude, race, range, rank, rate, rating, reading in, ready, realism, rectification, rectitude, red ribbon, reduce to order, regiment, regimentation, regularity, regularize, regulate, regulation, religious order, repair, report, request, require, required, requirement, requisition, reserve, resolution, 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superspecies, sweetness, symmetry, syntax, system, systematics, systematization, systematize, systemization, tabulate, tack, take command, take the lead, tax, taxing, taxonomy, teaching, technique, tell, terminology, the drill, the how, tidiness, tidy, timeliness, title, to, tone, toponymy, totem, train, tranquilize, tranquillity, tribe, tribute, trim, trinomialism, tune, type, ukase, ultimatum, uncalled-for, uniformity, union, unorganized, unseemly, unsnarl, unsuitable, uprightness, utter a judgment, variety, verdict, version, vicinity, war medal, warn, warning, way, wear the pants, whip into shape, whistle for, wholesomeness, will, wise, wish, word, word of command
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