order  ( orders plural & 3rd person present) ( ordering present participle) ( ordered past tense & past participle ) (ARRANGEMENTS, SITUATIONS, AND GROUPINGS)
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1 n-uncount If a set of things are arranged or done in a particular order, they are arranged or done so one thing follows another, often according to a particular factor such as importance.
also a N, usu with supp, oft in/into N
Write down (in order of priority) the qualities you'd like to have..., Music shops should arrange their recordings in simple alphabetical order, rather than by category...
2 n-uncount Order is the situation that exists when everything is in the correct or expected place, or happens at the correct or expected time., (Antonym: confusion, chaos)
The wish to impose order upon confusion is a kind of intellectual instinct..., Making lists can create order and control.
3 n-uncount Order is the situation that exists when people obey the law and do not fight or riot.
Troops were sent to the islands to restore order last November..., He has the power to use force to maintain public order.
4 n-sing When people talk about a particular order, they mean the way society is organized at a particular time.
The end of the Cold War has produced the prospect of a new world order based on international co-operation...
5 verb The way that something is ordered is the way that it is organized and structured.
...a society which is ordered by hierarchy... be V-ed
We know the French order things differently. V n
...a carefully ordered system in which everyone has his place. V-ed
6 n-count If you refer to something of a particular order, you mean something of a particular kind.
FORMAL with supp, usu of supp N
Another unexpected event, though of quite a different order, occurred one evening in 1973...
7 n-count A religious order is a group of monks or nuns who live according to a particular set of rules.
...the Benedictine order of monks.
law and order
point of order
9 If you put or keep something in order, you make sure that it is tidy or properly organized.
in order phrase PHR after v, v-link PHR
Now he has a chance to put his life back in order..., Someone comes in every day to check all is in order.
10 If you think something is in order, you think it should happen or be provided.
in order phrase v-link PHR
Reforms are clearly in order...
11 You use in the order of or of the order of when mentioning an approximate figure.
in/of the order of sth prep-phrase PREP amount
They borrowed something in the order of £10 million...
12 If something is in good order, it is in good condition.
in good order phrase v-link PHR
The vessel's safety equipment was not in good order.
13 A machine or device that is in working order is functioning properly and is not broken.
in working order phrase v-link PHR
Only half of the spacecraft's six science instruments are still in working order.
14 If a particular way of behaving or doing something is the order of the day, it is very common.
the order of the day phrase v-link PHR
These are strange times in which we live, and strange arrangements appear to be the order of the day.
15 A machine or device that is out of order is broken and does not work.
out of order phrase v-link PHR
Their phone's out of order.
16 If you say that someone or their behaviour is out of order, you mean that their behaviour is unacceptable or unfair.
out of order phrase v-link PHR
You don't think the paper's a bit out of order in publishing it?
to put your house in order
order of magnitude