Meaning of ORDER in English

I. ˈȯr-dər verb

( or·dered ; or·der·ing ˈȯr-d(ə-)riŋ)

Etymology: Middle English, from ordre, noun

Date: 13th century

transitive verb

1. : to put in order : arrange


a. : to give an order to : command

b. : destine , ordain

so order ed by the gods

c. : to command to go or come to a specified place

order ed back to the base

d. : to give an order for

order a meal

intransitive verb

1. : to bring about order : regulate


a. : to issue orders : command

b. : to give or place an order

• or·der·able -ə-bəl adjective

• or·der·er -dər-ər noun


order , arrange , marshal , organize , systematize , methodize mean to put persons or things into their proper places in relation to each other. order suggests a straightening out so as to eliminate confusion

ordered her business affairs

arrange implies a setting in sequence, relationship, or adjustment

arranged the files numerically

marshal suggests gathering and arranging in preparation for a particular operation or effective use

marshaling the facts for argument

organize implies arranging so that the whole aggregate works as a unit with each element having a proper function

organized the volunteers into teams

systematize implies arranging according to a predetermined scheme

systematized billing procedures

methodize suggests imposing an orderly procedure rather than a fixed scheme

methodizes every aspect of daily living

Synonym: see in addition command .

II. noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French ordre, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin ordin-, ordo ecclesiastical order, from Latin, arrangement, group, class; akin to Latin ordiri to lay the warp, begin

Date: 14th century


a. : a group of people united in a formal way: as

(1) : a fraternal society

the Masonic Order

(2) : a community under a religious rule ; especially : one requiring members to take solemn vows

b. : a badge or medal of such a society ; also : a military decoration


a. : any of the several grades of the Christian ministry

b. plural : the office of a person in the Christian ministry

c. plural : ordination


a. : a rank, class, or special group in a community or society

b. : a class of persons or things grouped according to quality, value, or natural characteristics: as

(1) : a category of taxonomic classification ranking above the family and below the class

(2) : the broadest category in soil classification



(1) : rank , level

a statesman of the first order

(2) : category , class

in emergencies of this order — R. B. Westerfield


(1) : the arrangement or sequence of objects or of events in time

listed the items in order of importance

the batting order

(2) : a sequential arrangement of mathematical elements

c. : degree 12a, b


(1) : the number of times differentiation is applied successively

derivatives of higher order

(2) of a differential equation : the order of the derivative of highest order

e. : the number of columns or rows or columns and rows in a magic square, determinant, or matrix

the order of a matrix with 2 rows and 3 columns is 2 by 3

f. : the number of elements in a finite mathematical group



(1) : a sociopolitical system

was opposed to changes in the established order

(2) : a particular sphere or aspect of a sociopolitical system

the present economic order

b. : a regular or harmonious arrangement

the order of nature


a. : a prescribed form of a religious service : rite

b. : the customary mode of procedure especially in debate

point of order


a. : the state of peace, freedom from confused or unruly behavior, and respect for law or proper authority

promised to restore law and order

b. : a specific rule, regulation, or authoritative direction : command


a. : a style of building

b. : a type of column and entablature forming the unit of a style


a. : state or condition especially with regard to functioning or repair

things were in terrible order

b. : a proper, orderly, or functioning condition

their passports were in order

the phone is out of order


a. : a written direction to pay money to someone

b. : a commission to purchase, sell, or supply goods or to perform work

c. : goods or items bought or sold

d. : an assigned or requested undertaking

landing men on the moon was a tall order

11. : order of the day

flat roofs were the order in the small villages

• or·der·less -ləs adjective

- in order

- in order to

- on order

- on the order of

- to order


order 8b: 1 Corinthian, 2 Doric, 3 Ionic


Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.