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English noun: order

1. order (communication) (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed

SamplesThe British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London.

Broader (hypernym)bid, bidding, command, dictation

Narrower (hyponym)marching orders, summons, word

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

Domain usageplural, plural form

2. order (attribute) a degree in a continuum of size or quantity

SamplesIt was on the order of a mile.
An explosion of a low order of magnitude.

Synonymsorder of magnitude

Broader (hypernym)magnitude

3. order (state) established customary state (especially of society)

SamplesOrder ruled in the streets.
Law and order.

Broader (hypernym)state

Narrower (hyponym)civil order, concord, concordance, harmony, peace, polity, quiet, rule of law, stability, tranquility, tranquillity


4. order (group) logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements

SamplesWe shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation.

Synonymsordering, ordination

Broader (hypernym)arrangement

Narrower (hyponym)bacteria order, genetic code, genome, series, word order

5. order (state) a condition of regular or proper arrangement

SamplesHe put his desk in order.
The machine is now in working order.


Broader (hypernym)condition, status

Narrower (hyponym)kelter, kilter, spit and polish, tidiness

Antonymsdisorderliness, disorder

6. order (communication) a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

SamplesA friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there.

Synonymsdecree, edict, fiat, rescript

Broader (hypernym)act, enactment

Narrower (hyponym)ban, bull, consent decree, curfew, decree nisi, imperial decree, judicial separation, legal separation, papal bull, programma, prohibition, proscription, stay

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

7. order (communication) a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities

SamplesIBM received an order for a hundred computers.

Synonymspurchase order

Broader (hypernym)commercial document, commercial instrument

Narrower (hyponym)bill-me order, credit order, indent, mail order, market order, production order, reorder, stop order, stop payment, stop-loss order

8. order (group) a formal association of people with similar interests

SamplesHe joined a golf club.
They formed a small lunch society.
Men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today.

Synonymsclub, gild, guild, lodge, social club, society

Broader (hypernym)association

Narrower (hyponym)athenaeum, atheneum, boat club, bookclub, chapter, chess club, country club, frat, fraternity, glee club, golf club, hunt, hunt club, investors club, jockey club, racket club, rowing club, service club, slate club, sorority, turnverein, yacht club

Member holonymclub member

9. order (communication) a body of rules followed by an assembly

Synonymsparliamentary law, parliamentary procedure, rules of order

Broader (hypernym)prescript, rule

Narrower (hyponym)closure, cloture, gag law, gag rule, interpellation, point of order, previous question, standing order

Instance hyponymRobert's Rules of Order

Domain category membersmover, proposer

10. Order (state) (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy

SamplesTheologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate Order.

SynonymsHoly Order

Broader (hypernym)position, status

Narrower (hyponym)acolyte, anagnost, deacon, doorkeeper, exorcist, lector, ostiarius, ostiary, priest, reader, subdeacon

11. order (group) a group of person living under a religious rule

SamplesThe order of Saint Benedict.

Synonymsmonastic order

Broader (hypernym)religious order, religious sect, sect

Narrower (hyponym)Augustinian order, Benedictine order, Carmelite order, Carthusian order, Dominican order, Franciscan order, Jesuit order, Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, order of Saint Benedict, Society of Jesus

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

Broader (hypernym)taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group

Narrower (hyponym)animal order, fungus order, plant order, protoctist order

Member holonymfamily, suborder

Member meronymclass

Domain categorybiological science, biology

13. order (communication) a request for something to be made, supplied, or served

SamplesI gave the waiter my order.
The company's products were in such demand that they got more orders than their call center could handle.

Broader (hypernym)asking, request

Narrower (hyponym)short order

14. order (attribute) (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

Broader (hypernym)artistic style, idiom

Narrower (hyponym)Composite order, Corinthian order, Dorian order, Doric order, Ionian order, Ionic order, Tuscan order

Domain categoryarchitecture

15. order (act) the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement

SamplesThere were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list.


Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization

Narrower (hyponym)alphabetisation, alphabetization, grading, layout, rank order, scaling, sequence, succession

English verb: order

1. order (communication) give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority

SamplesI said to him to go home.
She ordered him to do the shopping.
The mother told the child to get dressed.

ExamplesThey order him to write the letter

Synonymsenjoin, say, tell

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)request

Narrower (hyponym)call, command, direct, instruct, require, send for, warn

2. order (communication) make a request for something

SamplesOrder me some flowers.
Order a work stoppage.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request

Narrower (hyponym)call, commission, place, reorder, wish

3. order (communication) issue commands or orders for

Synonymsdictate, prescribe

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring down, impose, inflict, visit

Narrower (hyponym)mandate

4. order (social) bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations

SamplesWe cannot regulate the way people dress.
This town likes to regulate.

Synonymsgovern, regularise, regularize, regulate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)decide, determine, make up one's mind

Narrower (hyponym)district, standardise, standardize, zone


5. order (change) bring order to or into

SamplesOrder these files.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)arrange, set up

Narrower (hyponym)clean up, collate, disentangle, neaten, square away, straighten, straighten out, straighten out, systematise, systematize, systemise, systemize, tidy, tidy up, unsnarl

Antonymsdisarray, disorder

6. order (change) place in a certain order

SamplesOrder the photos chronologically.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)arrange, set up

7. order (social) appoint to a clerical posts

SamplesHe was ordained in the Church.

Synonymsconsecrate, ordain, ordinate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)enthrone, invest, vest

8. order (cognition) arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events

SamplesArrange my schedule.
Set up one's life.
I put these memories with those of bygone times.

Synonymsarrange, put, set up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)organise, organize

Narrower (hyponym)contemporise, contemporize, phrase, synchronise, synchronize

9. order (cognition) assign a rank or rating to

SamplesHow would you rank these students?.
The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide.

Synonymsgrade, place, range, rank, rate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Narrower (hyponym)downgrade, prioritise, prioritize, reorder, seed, sequence, shortlist, subordinate, superordinate, upgrade

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