Share this entry

Share this page

back order

Line breaks: back order

Definition of back order in English:

noun

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.

verb

(back-order) [with object] Back to top  
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.

Definition of back order in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…