1. (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed;"the British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London"
2. a degree in a continuum of size or quantity;"it was on the order of a mile""an explosion of a low order of magnitude"
3. established customary state (especially of society);"order ruled in the streets""law and order"
4. logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements;"we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"
5. a condition of regular or proper arrangement;"he put his desk in order""the machine is now in working order"
6. a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge);"a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
7. a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities;"IBM received an order for a hundred computers"
8. a formal association of people with similar interests;"he joined a golf club""they formed a small lunch society""men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"
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;"theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate order"
11. a group of person living under a religious rule;"the order of Saint Benedict"
12. (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families
13. a request for food or refreshment (as served in a restaurant or bar etc.);"I gave the waiter my order"
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. putting in order;"there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"
1. give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority;"I said to him to go home""She ordered him to do the shopping""The mother told the child to get dressed"
2. make a request for something;"Order me some flowers""order a work stoppage"
3. issue commands or orders for
4. bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations;"We cannot regulate the way people dress""This town likes to regulate"
5. bring order to or into;"Order these files"
6. place in a certain order;"order these files"
7. appoint to a clerical posts;"he was ordained in the Church"
8. arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events, etc.;"arrange my schedule""set up one's life""I put these memories with those of bygone times"
9. assign a rank or rating to;"how would you rank these students?""The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"