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in order

Definition of in order in English:

1According to a particular sequence.
Example sentences
  • But on top of that, you have to put the chronology in order here.
  • He bet £1 and as the game progressed was dealt - in order - two red aces, a five and two more red aces.
  • Although the stages of grief are described, they don't progress in order.
Synonyms
2In the correct condition for operation or use.
Example sentences
  • Jon liked everything tidy and in order where he could find it, but James Hyde was a messy man.
  • Sit down this weekend, get your affairs in order, and I promise you can trim hundreds of pounds, in some cases thousands, off your annual costs.
  • When purchasing land, one must be careful to ensure that the title deeds are in order and that the land has been correctly classified.
Synonyms
tidy, neat, orderly, straight, trim, shipshape, in apple-pie order;
in position, in place
3In accordance with the rules of procedure at a meeting, legislative assembly, etc.
Example sentences
  • My recollection is that one supplementary question was ruled as being in order on that particular day.
  • Just yesterday that word was ruled in order when it was used by a Minister in answering a question in this House.
  • But the Assembly has now determined that the Bluestone decision is quite in order and will not need further examination.
3.1Appropriate in the circumstances: a little bit of flattery was now in order
More example sentences
  • A little modesty or circumspection would be in order here.
  • It occurred to me at about 3am, as I lay in bed with a raging fever and hacking cough, that perhaps a visit to a doctor was in order.
  • Maybe some professional expert opinions are in order here.
Synonyms
appropriate, fitting, suitable, acceptable, (all) right, permissible, permitted, allowable
informal okay
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