Synonyms of order in English:



  • 1 the list is in alphabetical order
    sequence, arrangement, organization, disposition, structure, system, series, succession; grouping, classification, categorization, codification, systematization, disposal, form; layout, array, set-up, line-up
  • 2 I tried to restore the room to some semblance of order
    [Antonyms] chaos disarray untidiness
  • 3 6,000 police were needed to keep order
    peace, control, lawful behaviour, law and order, law, lawfulness, discipline, calm, quiet, peace and quiet, quietness, peacefulness, peaceableness, tranquillity, serenity
    [Antonyms] disorder
  • 4 the idea appealed to his sense of order
    orderliness, organization, method, system; symmetry, pattern, uniformity, regularity, routine
  • 5 all the equipment was in good order
    condition, state, repair, shape, situation
  • 6 I had no choice but to obey his orders
    command, instruction, directive, direction, decree, edict, injunction, mandate, dictate, commandment; law, rule, regulation, ordinance, statute, fiat, diktat; demand, bidding, requirement, stipulation; summons, writ, warrant; in Spanish-speaking countriespronunciamento; in Tsarist Russiaukase
    informal say-so
    literary behest
    rare rescript
  • 7 winning the order would mean about £60 million worth of work for the company
    commission, purchase order, request, requisition, demand, call; booking, reservation, application
  • 8 the upper and lower orders of society
    class, level, rank, caste, grade, degree, position, station, category
  • 9 the established social order
  • 10 the higher orders of insects
    taxonomic group, class, subclass, family, species, breed
    technical taxon
  • 11 the head of a religious order
    community, brotherhood, sisterhood
  • 13 diplomatic skills of a very high order
    type, kind, sort, nature, variety, ilk, genre, cast, style, brand, vintage; quality, calibre, standard
  • Phrases

    in order

  • 1 list the points you intend to cover and put them in order
    in sequence, in alphabetical order, in numerical order, in order of priority, in order of merit, in order of seniority
  • 2 when he switched on the light and went in, he found everything in order
    tidy, neat, neat and tidy, orderly, straight, trim, shipshape (and Bristol fashion), in apple-pie order, spick and span; in position, in place
  • 3 I think it's in order for me to take the credit, don't you?
    appropriate, fitting, suitable, right, correct, proper; acceptable, all right, permissible, permitted, allowable; Frenchcomme il faut
    informal okay
  • of the order of

    the reduction was of the order of 11 percent
    [Antonyms] precisely
    roughlyapproximatelyaboutaroundjust aboutround aboutor soor thereaboutsmore or lessin the neighbourhood ofin the region ofin the area ofin the vicinity ofsomething likeor thereaboutsgive or take (a few)in round numbersrounded up/downnear toclose tonearlynot far offalmostapproachingBritishgetting on forLatincirca informalpushingas near as dammitNorth American informalin the ballpark of archaicnigh

    the order of the day

    spectacle is the order of the day for many younger artistspredominantprevalentcurrentcustomaryestablishedcommonwidespreadpreponderantin forcein effectpopular informalthe in thing

    out of order

  • 1 the lift's out of order
    not working, not in working order, not functioning, broken, broken-down, out of service, out of commission, acting up, unserviceable, faulty, defective, non-functional, inoperative, in disrepair; down
    informal conked out, bust, (gone) kaput, gone phut, on the blink, gone haywire, shot
    British informal knackered, jiggered, wonky
    North American informal on the fritz, out of whack
    British vulgar slang buggered
  • 2 he wanted to sack her on the spot—that's really out of order
    unacceptable, unfair, unjust, unjustified, uncalled for, below the belt, out of turn, not done, unreasonable, unwarranted, unnecessary, wrong, beyond the pale, improper, irregular
    informal not on, a bit much
    British informal a bit thick, off, not cricket
    Australian/New Zealand informal over the fence
  • verb

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  • 1 he ordered me to return at once
    instruct, command, direct, enjoin, give the order to, give the command to, tell, require, charge, adjure
    literary bid
  • 2 Judge Butler ordered that assets worth £23,000 be confiscated under the Drugs Trafficking Act
  • 3 you can order your tickets by phone
    request, apply for, send away/off for, write off for, put in an order for, place an order for, requisition; book, reserve; commission, contract for
    rare bespeak
  • 4 Derek struggled to order his thoughts the messages are ordered alphabetically
    organize, put in order, set in order, arrange, sort out, straighten out, marshal, dispose, lay out, regulate; group, classify, categorize, catalogue, codify, systematize, systemize, tabulate; Medicinetriage
    rare methodize
  • Phrases

    order someone about/around

    tell someone what to dogive orders toboss about/aroundbullylord it overdictate toride roughshod overdominatedomineerbrowbeatthrow one's weight about/aroundlay down the law informalpush about/around

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