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  • Red root put up to order.
  • A new order I wired Rowena.
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Usage statistics for the noun order:

spoken English34.99%written English65.01% conversational speech24.03%task-oriented speech75.97% imaginative writing30.28%informational writing69.72%
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The word order is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun order

What does order mean as a name of something?

Order is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: orders

  1. (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed
  2. a degree in a continuum of size or quantity
    • examples: it was on the order of a mile | an explosion of a low order of magnitude
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of order: order of magnitude
    • more generic word: magnitude = the property of relative size or extent
  3. established customary state (especially of society)
    • examples: order ruled in the streets | law and order
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • antonym: disorder
    • more generic word: state = the way something is with respect to its main attributes
    • more specific terms:
  4. logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements
    • example: we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of order: ordering / ordination
    • more generic word: arrangement = an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit
    • more specific terms:
      • bacteria order = an order of bacteria
      • word order = the order of words in a text
      • genetic code = the ordering of nucleotides in DNA molecules that carries the genetic information in living cells
      • genome = the ordering of genes in a haploid set of chromosomes of a particular organism
      • series = similar things placed in order or happening one after another
  5. a condition of regular or proper arrangement
    • examples: he put his desk in order | the machine is now in working order
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of order: orderliness
    • antonym of order: disorder
    • more generic words: condition / status = a state at a particular time
    • more specific terms:
  6. a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
    • example: a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of order: decree / edict / fiat / rescript
    • more generic words: act / enactment = a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
    • more specific terms:
      • consent decree = an agreement between two parties that is sanctioned by the court
      • curfew = an order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited
      • decree nisi = a decree issued on a first petition for divorce
      • imperial decree = a decree issued by a sovereign ruler
      • judicial separation / legal separation = a judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart
      • programma = an edict that has been publicly posted
      • proscription / prohibition / ban = a decree that prohibits something
      • stay = a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted
      • papal bull / bull = a formal proclamation issued by the pope
  7. a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities
  8. a formal association of people with similar interests
    • example: men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of order: club / gild / guild / lodge / social club / society
    • more generic word: association = a formal organization of people or groups of people
    • more specific terms:
      • athenaeum / atheneum = a literary or scientific association for the promotion of learning
      • bookclub = a club that people join in order to buy selected books at reduced prices
      • chapter = a local branch of some fraternity or association
      • chess club = a club of people to play chess
      • country club = a suburban club for recreation and socializing
      • fraternity / frat = a social club for male undergraduates
      • glee club = a club organized to sing together
      • golf club = a club of people to play golf
      • hunt club / hunt = an association of huntsmen who hunt for sport
      • investors club = a club of small investors who buy and sell securities jointly
      • jockey club = a club to promote and regulate horse racing
      • racket club = club for players of racket sports
      • rowing club = a club for rowers
      • slate club = a group of people who save money in a common fund for a specific purpose
      • sorority = a social club for female undergraduates
      • turnverein = a club of tumblers or gymnasts
      • yacht club / boat club = club that promotes and supports yachting and boating
      • service club = a club of professional or business people organized for their coordination and active in public services
    • member: club member = someone who is a member of a club
  9. a body of rules followed by an assembly
  10. (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy
    • example: theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate Order
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of Order: Holy Order
    • more generic words: position / status = the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
    • more specific words:
      • acolyte = someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service
      • anagnost = a cleric in the minor orders of the Eastern Orthodox Church who reads the lessons aloud in the liturgy
      • deacon = a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches
      • doorkeeper / ostiarius / ostiary = the lowest of the minor Holy Orders in the unreformed Western Church but now suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church
      • exorcist = one of the minor orders in the unreformed Western Church but now suppressed in the Roman Catholic Church
      • lector / reader = someone who reads the lessons in a church service
      • priest = a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites
      • subdeacon = a clergyman an order below deacon
  11. a group of person living under a religious rule
  12. (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families
  13. a request for something to be made, supplied, or served
    • examples: 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
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: asking / request = the verbal act of requesting
    • more specific term: short order = an order for food that can be prepared quickly
  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
  15. the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement
    • example: there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of order: ordering
    • more generic words: organisation / organization = the activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun order


  1. [uncountable] Arrangement, disposition, sequence.
  2. [uncountable] The state of being well arranged.
  3. [countable] A command.
  4. [countable] A request for some product or service.
  5. [countable] A group of religious adherents, especially monks or nuns, set apart within their religion by adherence to a particular rule or set of principles; as, the Jesuit Order.
  6. [countable] A society of knights; as, the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Bath.
  7. [countable] A decoration, awarded by a government, a dynastic house, or a religious body to an individual, usually for distinguished service to a nation or to humanity.
  8. [context: countable, biology, taxonomy] A rank in the classification of organisms, below class and above family; a taxon at that rank
  9. [cricket] The sequence in which a side’s batsmen bat; the batting order.
  10. [electronics] a power of polynomial function in an electronic circuit’s block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.
  11. [chemistry] The overall power of the rate law of a chemical reaction, expressed as a polynomial function of concentrations of reactants and products.
  12. [mathematics] The cardinality, or number of elements in a set or related structure.
  13. [graph theory] The number of vertices in a graph
  14. [context: order theory] A partially ordered set.
  15. [context: order theory] The relation on a partially ordered set that determines that it in fact a partically ordered set.
  16. [context: mathematics] The highest exponent appearing in a polynomial.

Specialised definition of the noun order

Glossary of justice / youth justice system

an appropriate plan for the young person who has offended with conditions to be met

  • region: UK

Glossary of sports / cricket

the list of the batsmen in the order in which they take turns at batting; hence top order (broadly numbers 1 to 4), middle order (broadly numbers 5 to 8) and bottom order (broadly numbers 9 to 11) (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb order

What does order mean as a doing word?

Order is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: ordered | ordering | orders

  1. give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
    • examples: She ordered him to do the shopping | They order him to write the letter
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]He ordered John
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] [Proposition, object control with infinitive]He ordered John to eat his sloth
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, that-complement clause]He ordered that she should come immediately
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, that-complement clause, not tensed]John ordered that she come immediately

      Order Verbs (with the same syntax): ask, command, demand, require.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of order: enjoin / say / tell
    • more generic terms: hit up / request = ask (a person) to do something
    • more specific terms:
      • direct = command with authority
      • instruct = give instructions or directions for some task
      • command / require = make someone do something
      • send for / call = order, request, or command to come
      • warn = ask to go away
      • prescribe = order the use of (a treatment, medicine, etc.), usually by written prescription
  2. make a request for something
    • examples: Order me some flowers | order a work stoppage
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Carmen bought Mary a dress
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Carmen bought a dress | Carmen obtained the spare part
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Asset]Carmen bought a dress for $50
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Carmen bought a dress for Mary
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]Carmen bought a dress from Diana | Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source] at / for [Asset]FMC has bought 565,000 shares from Nortek Inc. at $23.50 a share
      [Asset - not location] [Verb] [Theme]$50 won't even buy a dress | $50 won't even purchase a dress

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): attain, book, buy, call, catch, charter, choose, conserve, find, gather, hire, lease, phone, pick, pluck, procure, pull, reach, rent, reserve, shoot, slaughter, vote, win.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic terms: ask for / bespeak / call for / quest / request = express the need or desire for
    • more specific words:
      • reorder = make a new request to be supplied with
      • place = to arrange for
      • call = order or request or give a command for
      • wish = order politely
      • commission = place an order for
  3. issue commands or orders for
  4. bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations
  5. bring order to or into
  6. place in a certain order
    • example: order the photos chronologically
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: arrange / set up = put into a proper or systematic order
  7. appoint to a clerical posts
  8. arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events
  9. assign a rank or rating to


  1. "Order" a.k.a. "The Order", also known as The Sin Eater, is a 2003 mystery horror film written and directed by Brian Helgeland, starring Heath Ledger, Benno Fürmann, Mark Addy, and Shannyn Sossamon. Helgeland directed Ledger, Addy and Sossamon in the 2001 film A Knight's Tale.
  2. "Order" a.k.a. "Ordnung" is a film, directed by Sohrab Shaheed Salles and written by Sohrab Shaheed Salles, Bert Schmidt, Dieter Reifarth.
  3. "Order" is a 2004 short film directed by Kristina Inciuraite.
    • country: Lithuania
    • language: Lithuanian language
    • released in (11 years ago)


  1. "Order" is the fifth studio album by the German metalcore band Maroon. It was released on April 20, 2009 though Century Media Records. The album debuted at number 63 on the German Media Control Charts.
    • genre: Metalcore
    • released on (5 years ago)
  2. "Order" is a 2004 single by Horsell Common.


  1. Order: In scientific classification used in biology, the order is a taxonomic rank used in the classification of organisms. Other well-known ranks are life, domain, kingdom, phylum, class, family, genus, and species, with order fitting in between class and family. An immediately higher rank, superorder, may be added directly above order, while suborder would be a lower rank. a taxonomic unit, a taxon, in that rank. In that case the plural is orders.
    • also known as อันดับ
  2. Order: An order is an instruction to buy or sell on a trading venue such as a stock market, bond market, commodity market, or financial derivative market. These instructions can be simple or complicated, and can be sent to either a broker or directly to a trading venue via direct market access. There are some standard instructions for such orders.
    • also known as 止賺止蝕
  3. Order: In group theory, a branch of mathematics, the term order is used in two closely-related senses: The order of a group is its cardinality, i.e. , the number of its elements. The order, sometimes period, of an element a of a group is the smallest positive integer m such that a = e. If no such m exists, a is said to have infinite order. All elements of finite groups have finite order.
    • also known as Порядок, 目
  4. Order: In business or commerce, an order is a stated intention, either spoken or written, to engage in a commercial transaction for specific products or services. From a buyer's point of view it expresses the intention to buy and is called a purchase order. From a seller's point of view it expresses the intention to sell and is referred to as a sales order. When the purchase order of the buyer and the sales order of the seller agree, the orders become a contract between the buyer and seller.
  5. Order is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal on order theory and its applications, published by Springer Science+Business Media. It was founded in 1984 by University of Calgary mathematics professor Ivan Rival; as of 2010, its editor in chief is Dwight Duffus, the Goodrich C. White Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science at Emory University and a former student of Rival's.
  6. Order: In mathematics, an order in the sense of ring theory is a subring of a ring that satisfies the conditions R is a ring which is a finite-dimensional algebra over the rational number field spans R over, so that, and is a lattice in R. The third condition can be stated more accurately, in terms of the extension of scalars of R to the real numbers, embedding R in a real vector space.
  7. Order: In music, order is the specific arrangement of a set of discrete entities, or parameters, such as pitch, dynamics, or timbre.
  8. Order is the planning of time and organizing of resources, as well as of society.
  9. Order: An order refers to each of a series of mouldings most often found in Romanesque and Gothic arches.
  10. The Order of Chivalry whose symbol is displayed.
  11. The order of this component relative to other components. Lower order numbers are traversed earlier.
  12. The order of the biological entity.
  13. The order in which this item is listed in this menu section.
  14. Order: This song belongs to ISMIR04 Audio Contest Database.
  15. The order that the dish appears in the meal or on the bill of fare for the meal.

Phrases with Order

Phrases starting with the word Order:

  1. Order Out
  2. order arms
  3. order book
  4. order code
  5. order form
  6. Order Tree

Phrases ending with the word Order:

  1. Z-Order
  2. in order
  3. to order
  4. gag order
  5. Top Order
  6. Boil Order
  7. holy order
  8. mail order
  9. mail-order
  10. open order
  11. rank order
  12. side order
  13. stop order
  14. tall order

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Order

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Google previewSelf-Organization of Complex Structures (1997)

From Individual to Collective Dynamics by Frank Schweitzer

Indeed, order is an essential concept in biological thought. More than 50 years...

Google previewDiscrete Geometry for Computer Imagery (2003)

11th International Conference, DGCI 2003, Naples, Italy, November 19-21, 2003, Proceedings by Ingela Nyström, Gabriella Sanniti di Baja, Stina Svensson

Orders An order is a pair |X| = (X, ax) where X is a set and ax is a reflexive, antisymmetric and transitive binary relation...

Google previewA Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1822)

by George Gregory

As the metals at present known amount to 23, we shall divide this class into 23 orders, allotting a distinct order for the ores of every particular metal. Metals exist in ores in one or other of the four following states: 1. In a metallic state, and either ...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers (2010)

by Jan W. Gooch

Order Schizosaccharomycetales Schizosaccharomyces pombe (Y) (c) Order Diaporthales Cryphonectria parasitica (syn. Endothia parasitica) Diaporthe (ana. Phomopsis) Endothia parasitica (syn. Cryphonectria ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy (2006)

by Rosemary Guiley

Archangel: Metatron Angelic Order: Hayyoth (The Holy Living Creatures) Archdemons: Satan, Moloch Demonic Order: Thamiel (The Two Contenders) ...

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Usage statistics about order

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Usage statistics for the noun order:

spoken English34.99%written English65.01% conversational speech24.03%task-oriented speech75.97% imaginative writing30.28%informational writing69.72%

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Scrabble value of O1R1D2E1R1

The value of this 5-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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