order NOUN 1) the arrangement of people or things according to a particular sequence or method. 2) a state in which everything is in its correct place. 3) a state in which the laws and rules regulating public behaviour are observed. 4) an authoritative command or direction. 5) a request for something to be made, supplied, or served. 6) the prescribed procedure followed in a meeting, law court, or religious service. 7) quality or nature: poetry of the highest order. 8) a social class or system. 9) a rank in the Christian ministry. 10) (orders or holy orders) the rank of an ordained minister of the Church. 11) a society of monks, nuns, or friars (or formerly knights) living under the same rule. 12) an institution founded by a monarch to honour good conduct: the Order of the Garter. 13) Biology a principal taxonomic category that ranks below class and above family. 14) any of the five classical styles of architecture (Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Tuscan, and Composite).
VERB 1) give an order. 2) request that (something) be made, supplied, or served. 3) arrange methodically.
in order — Cf. ↑in order
in order for (or that) — Cf. ↑in order that
in order to — Cf. ↑in order to
of (or in or on) the order of — Cf. ↑on the order of
on order — Cf. ↑on order
the order of the day — Cf. ↑the order of the day
out of order — Cf. ↑out of order
ORIGIN Latin ordo 'row, series' .

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