order noun

1 way in which people/things are arranged

ADJ. correct, right | wrong | logical The paragraphs are not in a logical order. | ascending arranged in ascending order of size | descending | alphabetical, chronological, numerical, random, reverse | pecking the pecking order among the hospital staff | word

PREP. in ~ The winners were announced in reverse order. | in ~ of I've listed the tasks in order of priority.

2 organized state

ADJ. apple-pie (= perfect) The accounts were in apple-pie order.

VERB + ORDER bring, create, impose to bring order out of chaos She attempted to impose some order on the chaos of her files. | put/set sth in | leave sth in

PREP. in ~ My notes are in order.

PHRASES in good order The house is in good order.

3 when laws, rules, authority, etc. are obeyed

ADJ. public

VERB + ORDER keep, maintain, preserve | restore | keep sb/sth in Some teachers find it difficult to keep their classes in order. | call sb/sth to The argument continued until the chairman called them both to order (= ordered them to obey the formal rules of the meeting).

PREP. in ~ (= allowed by the rules) Would it be in order for us to examine the manuscript? | out of ~ (= not allowed by the rules) His objection was ruled out of order.

PHRASES law and order, a point of order One of the committee members raised a point of order.

4 way a society is arranged

ADJ. established, existing, old He was seen as a threat to the established order. | new | natural the natural order of things | economic, political, social | world a new world order

5 instruction/demand

ADJ. direct, specific | executive | sealed He opened his sealed orders. | court | maintenance, preservation, restraining a wildlife preservation order

VERB + ORDER give, issue, make (law) The captain gave the order to fire. The judge made an order for the costs to be paid. | receive | carry out, execute, follow, obey, take The local civilians don't take orders from the military. | disobey, ignore, violate | cancel, countermand, rescind, revoke | bark/bawl/shout (out) He barked out orders as he left.

PREP. by ~ The council's functions were established by order. | by ~ of by order of the police | on sb's ~s The ship was to set sail at once, on the admiral's orders. | under ~s (from) A group of soldiers, under orders from the president, took control of the television station. | ~s for The colonel had given orders for the spy's execution.

PHRASES doctor's orders I'm not to drink any alcohol?doctor's orders! | get your marching orders (= be ordered to leave), give sb their marching orders

6 request for sth to be made/supplied/delivered

ADJ. bulk, large, record | small | firm | advance | back, outstanding | repeat | tall (= difficult to fulfill; unreasonable) | mail, money, postal, standing | export

VERB + ORDER place, put in I've placed an order for the CD. | cancel | receive, win The company won a £10 million order for oil-drilling equipment. | have | fill, fulfil, meet trying to fill all the back orders | make sth to a cupboard made to order


PREP. on ~ We have ten boxes on order. | ~ for We have a firm order for ten cases of wine.

7 request for food, etc. in a restaurant, etc.

ADJ. side a side order of mixed salad | last ~s Last orders at the bar now please!

VERB + ORDER take The waiter came to take their orders. | give sb

PREP. ~ for an order for steak and fries

8 group of people living in a religious community

ADJ. monastic, religious | contemplative | closed (= with little or no contact with the outside world) | Benedictine, Cistercian, etc.