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Synonyms of order in English:


  • 1 the list is in alphabetical order
    sequence, arrangement, organization, disposition, structure, system, series, succession;
    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
    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
    demand, bidding, requirement, stipulation;
    summons, writ, warrant;
    in Spanish-speaking countries pronunciamento;
    in Tsarist Russia ukase
    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
    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;
    informal okay
  • of the order of
    the reduction was of the order of 11 percent
    [Antonyms] precisely
    roughly, approximately, about, around, just about, round about, or so, or thereabouts, more or less, in the neighbourhood of, in the region of, in the area of, in the vicinity of, something like, or thereabouts, give or take (a few), in round numbers, rounded up/down;
    near to, close to, nearly, not far off, almost, approaching;
    British  getting on for;
    Latin circa
    informal pushing, as near as dammit
    North American informal in the ballpark of
    archaic nigh
    the order of the day
    spectacle is the order of the day for many younger artists
    predominant, prevalent, current, customary, established, common, widespread, preponderant, in force, in effect, popular
    informal the 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;
    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
    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;
    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;
    Medicine  triage
    rare methodize
  • Phrases

    order someone about/around
    tell someone what to do, give orders to, boss about/around, bully, lord it over, dictate to, ride roughshod over, dominate, domineer, browbeat;
    throw one's weight about/around, lay down the law
    informal push about/around
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