(noun, verb)


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

Definition categories: communication, bid, bidding, command, dictation

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

Definition categories: attribute, magnitude

3. established customary state (especially of society)

- order ruled in the streets

- law and order

Definition categories: state

4. logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements

- we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation

Similar word(s): ordering, ordination

Definition categories: group, arrangement

5. a condition of regular or proper arrangement

- he put his desk in order

- the machine is now in working order

Similar word(s): orderliness

Definition categories: state, condition, status

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

Similar word(s): decree, edict, fiat, rescript

Definition categories: communication, act, enactment

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

Definition categories: communication

8. a formal association of people with similar interests

- men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today

Similar word(s): club, gild, guild, lodge, society

Definition categories: group, association

9. a body of rules followed by an assembly

Definition categories: communication, prescript, rule

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

Definition categories: state, position, status

11. a group of person living under a religious rule

- the order of Saint Benedict

Definition categories: group, sect

12. (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families

Definition categories: group, taxon

13. a request for something to be made, supplied, or served

- I gave the waiter my order

- the company's products were in such demand that they got more orders than their call center could handle

Definition categories: communication, asking, request

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

Definition categories: attribute, idiom

15. the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement

- there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list

Similar word(s): ordering

Definition categories: act, organisation, organization

Sentences with order as a noun:

- The house is in order; the machinery is out of order.

- to preserve order in a community or an assembly

- Magnolias belong to the order Magnoliales.

- the higher or lower orders of society

- talent of a high order

- to take orders, or to take holy orders, that is, to enter some grade of the ministry


1. give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority

- She ordered him to do the shopping

Similar word(s): enjoin, say, tell

Definition categories: communication, request

2. make a request for something

- Order me some flowers

- order a work stoppage

Definition categories: communication, bespeak, quest, request

3. issue commands or orders for

Similar word(s): dictate, prescribe

Definition categories: communication, impose, inflict, visit

4. bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations

Similar word(s): govern, regularise, regularize, regulate

Definition categories: social, decide, determine

5. bring order to or into

- Order these files

Definition categories: change, arrange

6. place in a certain order

- order the photos chronologically

Definition categories: change, arrange

7. appoint to a clerical posts

Similar word(s): consecrate, ordain, ordinate

Definition categories: social, enthrone, invest, vest

8. arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events

Similar word(s): arrange, put

Definition categories: cognition, organise, organize

9. assign a rank or rating to

Similar word(s): grade, place, range, rank, rate

Definition categories: cognition, evaluate, judge

Sentences with order as a verb:

- to order troops to advance

- to order groceries