Definition of back order in English:

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back order


A retailer’s order for a product which is temporarily out of stock with the supplier: the phone I wanted was on back order
More example sentences
  • You will have the choice to cancel your order, place a back order or choose an alternative.
  • Anticipating a surge in demand next week, gun stores already have stocks on back order.
  • For consumable items, the planned number is 8,460 back orders.


(back-order) [with object]
Place an order for (a product) which is temporarily out of stock: the taps can be back-ordered and take up to three months for delivery
More example sentences
  • The dealer claims the factory is back ordering parts.
  • A retailer will back-order, say, six copies of something.
  • In May 2001, there were more than 32,000 consumable units back ordered against end items or higher assemblies in an awaiting parts status.
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