Meaning of ORDER in English


1. order

2. in the correct order

3. in the wrong order

4. doing things one after the other


order someone to do something : ↑ TELL

order a meal, drink etc : ↑ ASK

put things in order : ↑ ARRANGE

when everything is properly organized : ↑ ORGANIZE

in order to do something : ↑ IN ORDER TO

see also






1. order

▷ order /ˈɔːʳdəʳ/ [countable/uncountable noun]

the way that events happen or that information is arranged, showing which is first, which is second, and so on :

in this/that/what/any order

▪ It doesn’t matter which order you answer the questions in.

▪ Movie scenes are not shot in the order in which they are shown.

order of

▪ We were given a printed sheet showing the order of events for the day.

in order of importance/difficulty/size etc

when the most important thing is first, then the next most important etc

▪ List three choices in order of preference.

▪ The subjects that students enjoyed most were, in order of popularity, music, history, and art.

in alphabetical order

with 'a' first, then 'b', then 'c' etc

▪ The games were displayed on a long wall, in alphabetical order, from Acrobats to Wheel of Fortune.

▷ sequence /ˈsiːkwəns/ [countable noun]

the specific order in which a number of events, actions, or pieces of information follow one another :

▪ White, who is doing research on the disease, was able to determine its DNA sequence.

sequence of

▪ The dance is basically a sequence of steps that you repeat over and over again.

▪ Basic computer code consists of sequences of ones and zeros.

in sequence

▪ X-rays are taken in rapid sequence to get an image of the arteries leading to the heart.

▷ pattern /ˈpæt ə nǁˈpætərn/ [countable noun]

the order in which things usually happen or someone usually does something, which you notice because it seems to be regular :

▪ Women’s lives used to follow a predictable pattern: school, then marriage and children.

pattern of

▪ Critics of the police say they see a pattern of racism and abuse by officers.

follow a pattern

happen in the same way

▪ Police say that each of the murders follows the same pattern.

2. in the correct order

▷ in the right order /ɪn ðə ˌraɪt ˈɔːʳdəʳ/ [adverb]

▪ Are all the pages in the right order?

▪ It is important to add each ingredient in the right order.

▷ the right way round /ðə ˌraɪt weɪ ˈraʊnd/ [adverb] British

in the order that people expect or consider to be correct, especially after being in the wrong order :

▪ Mark the pieces so that you put them back the right way round.

3. in the wrong order

▷ in the wrong order/out of order /ɪn ðə ˌrɒŋ ˈɔːʳdəʳǁ-ˌrɔːŋ-, ˌaʊt əv ˈɔːʳdəʳ/ [adverb]

▪ A cake can be ruined by adding ingredients in the wrong order.

▪ The files were completely out of order.

▷ mixed up /ˌmɪkst ˈʌp/ [adjective not before noun]

in the wrong order :

▪ The letters are all mixed up and you have to put them in the right order.

▪ The pages were all mixed up, and I only have five minutes before the deadline.

▷ the wrong way round /ðə ˌrɒŋ weɪ ˈraʊndǁ-ˌrɔːŋ-/ [adverb] British

in the wrong order, especially when there is only one order that people expect or consider to be correct :

▪ The printer made an error and the pages were bound the wrong way round.

▷ backwards also backward American /ˈbækwəʳd(z)/ [adverb]

starting at the end and finishing at the beginning :

▪ Can you say the alphabet backwards?

▪ Count backward from 10.

4. doing things one after the other

▷ in order /ɪn ˈɔːʳdəʳ/ [adverb]

▪ It’s easier if you count things up in order, so that you don’t get confused.

▪ A route is given to the postman, and he makes deliveries in order.

▷ one by one/one after another /ˌwʌn baɪ ˈwʌn, ˌwʌn ɑːftər əˈnʌðəʳǁ-æf-/ [adverb]

doing things separately and in a particular order, rather than all together :

▪ One by one, the students were called in to be interviewed.

▪ The toy is made so that when you hold the top square, the rest fall down one after another, making a clacking noise.

▷ in turn /ɪn ˈtɜːʳn/ [adverb]

one person, then the next, then the next etc :

▪ I was hard on my eldest son, and he, in turn, was mean to his little brother.

▪ We distribute the book to charities, and those organizations in turn give the books to needy children.

▷ take turns also take it in turns British /ˌteɪk ˈtɜːʳnz, ˌteɪk ɪt ɪn ˈtɜːʳns/ [verb phrase]

if two or more people take turns or take it in turns to do something, they decide to do it in order, one person after another, so that it is shared equally and fairly :

▪ Small children find it almost impossible to take turns.

take turns doing something

▪ We take turns doing the dishes.

take turns to do something

▪ Mandy and Debbie took it in turns to look after the baby.

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