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Pronunciation: /ˈɔːrdər; ˈɔːdə(r)/

Translation of order in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable/no numerable 1.1 (satisfactory arrangement, condition) orden (masculine) let's get this room into some sort of order tratemos de ordenar un poco esta habitación I'm trying to put my affairs in order estoy tratando de poner mis asuntos en orden or de arreglar mis asuntos are her papers in order? ¿tiene los papeles en regla? the car was in perfect working order el coche funcionaba perfectamente bien
    Example sentences
    • The Victorians brought order to everything - scientific research included.
    • Thousands of commuters faced the prospect of trying to get home as the initial chaos gave way to some semblance of order by mid-afternoon.
    • One day I'll reorganise the sections into some semblance of order.
    Example sentences
    • The field was in good order but the damp conditions hampered the accuracy of the passing between sides.
    • When my room was in perfect order and everything was exactly how I wanted it we left the room.
    • Paramount has done a fine job at making sure that everything is in working order in this picture.
    1.2 (customary state) orden (masculine) the established order el orden establecido it's in the order of things for difficulties to arise es normal que surjan dificultades 1.3 (formation) [Aviation/Aviación] [Military/Militar] formación (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • Nobody likes taking orders or advice from others.
    • The commander bellowed the orders and the men rushed to do the his bidding.
    • Once they were airborne, James turned on his radio to receive any last minute instructions or orders.
    Example sentences
    • They normally wear Home Service review order dress as would have been worn on garrison duties and manoeuvres during the latter part of the nineteenth century.
    • Behind them, dressed in review order, marched the infantry of the British Army.
  • 2 uncountable/no numerable (sequence) orden (masculine) they are arranged in strict alphabetical/numerical/chronological order están colocados en or por riguroso orden alfabético/numérico/cronológico the photos were all in the wrong order las fotos estaban todas desordenadas to put sth in(to) order poner* algo en orden, ordenar algo cast in order of appearance reparto por orden de aparición order of business orden (masculine) del día
    Example sentences
    • Dignitaries were seated in alphabetical order, according to their countries.
    • The names are in alphabetical order and first, second and third places will be announced on the night of the ceremony.
    • If there are no children and no spouse then parents, brothers and sisters, and more distant relatives roughly in that order will benefit.
  • 4 uncountable/no numerable (established rules, procedure) orden (masculine) point of order cuestión (feminine) de orden or de procedimiento to call a meeting to order (start) empezar* una reunión (resume) reanudar una reunión
    Example sentences
    • As long as the public identifies order with law, it will believe that an orderly society is impossible without the law the state provides.
    • Because once the law goes order collapses and the rule of the gun or the bully prevails.
    • To maintain public order, the authorities instituted a regular, salaried police force.
  • 5 countable/numerable 5.1 (request) pedido (masculine) to place an order for sth hacer* un pedido de algo, encargar* algo I placed an order with her for two cakes le encargué dos pasteles the firm secured a major order la empresa consiguió un pedido importante we're taking orders for o on the new model estamos recibiendo pedidos para el nuevo modelo the books are on order los libros están pedidos we make them to order los hacemos por encargo the waiter took my order el camarero tomó nota de lo que quería a tall order 40 pages by tomorrow? that's rather a tall order, isn't it? ¿40 páginas para mañana? eso es mucho pedir ¿no? it's a bit of a tall order, but I'll see what I can do es algo difícil, pero veré qué puedo hacer order number número (masculine) de referencia ([ de formulario de pedido ]) 5.2 (goods requested) pedido (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • Customer service is also rated a top priority, with the company aiming to deliver 90 per cent of orders by the next day.
    • I left the house in time to prepare the orders and get them delivered.
    • After a tiring morning I come home and find that my postman had delivered my recent order from Amazon.
    Example sentences
    • Once you're seated, the waitress promptly takes your order and then serves the dish.
    • The waitress wrote down the orders and left with a smile on her face.
    • In the last week it has won orders worth more than £300,000.
  • 6 countable/numerable 6.1 (command) orden (feminine) to give/issue an order dar*/dictar una orden to receive/await orders recibir/esperar órdenes to carry out an order cumplir una orden to obey/disobey an order obedecer*/desobedecer* una orden I was only obeying orders solo cumplía órdenes that's an order! ¡es una orden! I don't take orders from anyone a mí nadie me da órdenes orders are orders órdenes son órdenes order to + infinitive/infinitivo orden de + inf he gave the order to fire dio orden de disparar order that orden de que (followed by subjunctive/seguido por subjuntivo) I left orders that she was not to be disturbed dejé órdenes de que no se la molestara I did it on your orders lo hice porque usted me lo ordenó on whose orders are you doing this? ¿quién le ordenó hacer esto? by order of … por orden de … we're under orders to arrest you tenemos orden de detenerlo to get one's marching orders [colloquial/familiar] ser* despedido she got her marching orders for turning up late la despidieron or [colloquial/familiar] la pusieron de patitas en la calle por llegar tarde his girlfriend gave him his marching orders su novia lo plantó [colloquial/familiar] 6.2 (court decree) [Law/Derecho] orden (feminine) to issue an order dictar or evacuar* una orden see also order of the day
    Example sentences
    • A High Court judge made an order which will result in the twins being returned to Missouri in the United States where they were born.
    • They were released from custody over the weekend on the orders of a District Judge at Manchester Magistrates Court.
    • He was acquitted on the orders of a judge on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
  • 7 uncountable/no numerable (instructions to pay) [Finance] orden (feminine) pay to the order of John Smith páguese a la orden de John Smith (before noun/delante del nombre) order cheque (British English/inglés británico) cheque (masculine) nominativo see alsopostal order, standing order etc
    Example sentences
    • The clearing banks' role in the payment and collection of cheques and other payment orders is directly related to one of their main activities, namely the maintenance of current accounts.
    • He was held to be in breach of fiduciary duty when he misappropriated funds from the company's bank account by fraudulently altering the name of the payee on a payment order addressed to the bank.
  • 8 countable/numerable 8.1 (kind, class) the lower orders of society las clases bajas we received praise of the highest order recibimos grandes elogios a performance of the first order una interpretación de primera clase a fool of the first order un tonto de marca mayor 8.2 [Biology/Biología] orden (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • Genera are the smallest basic groups of related species; higher up on the taxonomic ladder, orders encompass hundreds of genera.
    • This epoch is characterized by the appearance of all of the presently existing orders and families, and many of the existing genera of mammals.
    • There are approximately 650 to 700 extant species of cephalopods in two subclasses and five orders.
  • 9 countable/numerable 9.1 (of monks, nuns) orden (feminine) 9.2 (fraternity, society) orden (feminine) an order of knighthood una orden de caballería
    Example sentences
    • An important political component of the post-war order was the United Nations.
    • There is a real revolutionary process under way, aiming to overturn the existing political and economic order.
    • It is rather a political order which supports the survival of weak states.
    9.3 (insignia) condecoración (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • With the exception of some religious orders in which monks vow to live in solitude, most of us need other people to add texture to our lives.
    • Among the religious orders, only the friars had a vocation that by its very nature embraced the seriously poor and, indeed, the utterly destitute in the regular course of events.
    • Luxembourg has also traditionally been the home of a great number of convents and religious orders, a number that has dwindled since the last century.
  • 10
    (orders plural)
    [Religion/Religión] órdenes (feminine plural) sagradas to take (holy) orders recibir las órdenes (sagradas), ordenarse sacerdote to be in (holy) orders ser* sacerdote major/minor orders órdenes mayores/menores
    Example sentences
    • The order of service has not yet been finalised but a police family liaison officer has been asked to read a poem during the service.
    • As I have been to many Evensongs since, the order of the service is now second nature.
    • Much of the music and order of service had been chosen by the Princess herself.
    Example sentences
    • In the past we've split over such things as the punctuation of the creeds, the orders of ministry and the nature of communion.
    • The diaconate is a full and analogous order of ordained ministry to which both men and women are called by God.
    • I will look also at some intriguing hints that Rome may be reconsidering its position that Anglican ministerial orders are null and void.
    Example sentences
    • After taking orders in 1782, he became the perpetual curate of Barton-under-Needwood in 1783.
    • He was educated at Cambridge, took priest's orders, and became known as a preacher.
    • He became a monk and may have taken deacon's orders.
    Example sentences
    • Hierarchies and litanies were emphasized: the nine orders of the angels, the Joys and Sorrows of the Virgin.
    • Angels, however, the lowest of the nine orders, do not have wings.
    Example sentences
    • The military orders, and the knights under King John put up a valiant defense and saved what they could of the army.
    • Only the strong leadership of John and the military orders saved the army at all; even so, thousands died that day
    • Feudalism was abolished along with the Inquisition and the Church's military orders, and two-thirds of monasteries and convents were dissolved.
  • 11 [Architecture/Arquitectura] orden (masculine) the Doric/Ionic order el orden dórico/iónico
    Example sentences
    • Work out for yourself the differences between Corinthian, Ionic and Doric orders.
    • The Pantheon in Rome is an ideal case study for understanding classical space, orders, composition, light, and character.
    • The interior of Syon Hall has a Doric order with high attic and flat-beamed ceiling.
  • 12 (in phrases) in order is your bedroom in order? ¿tu cuarto está ordenado or en orden? is everything in order for tomorrow's performance? ¿está todo dispuesto para la función de mañana? would it be in order for me to attend? ¿habría algún inconveniente en que yo asistiera? an apology would seem to be in order parecería que lo indicado sería disculparse celebrations are in order esto hay que celebrarlo in order to para in order to save time para ahorrar tiempo in order that para que (followed by subjunctive/seguido por subjuntivo) in short order rápidamente on o (British English/inglés británico) in the order of it cost something on the order of $100 costó alrededor de 100 dólares, el costo fue del orden de 100 dólares she's not a singer of the order of Ella Duncan no es una cantante del calibre de Ella Duncan of o on the order of del calibre de out of order (not in sequence) desordenado (not working) descompuesto (Latin America/América Latina) , averiado out of order no funciona (uncalled-for, not following procedure) that remark was out of order ese comentario estuvo fuera de lugar you were out of order asking her where she was going estuviste mal en preguntarle adónde iba would I be out of order in calling for an inquiry? ¿sería improcedente que solicitara que se haga una investigación?

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (command) [action/retreat/dismissal] ordenar to order sb to + infinitive/infinitivo ordenarle a algn que (followed by subjunctive/seguido por subjuntivo) I was ordered to leave me ordenaron que me fuera to order sth (to be) done ordenar que se haga algo to order that ordenar que + subjunctive/subjuntivo she ordered that it be done straight away ordenó que se hiciera enseguida he ordered me out of the room me ordenó or me mandó salir de la habitación 1.2 [Medicine/Medicina] mandar the doctor ordered a course of antibiotics la médica le recetó or le mandó unos antibióticos he ordered complete rest le mandó hacer reposo absoluto
  • 2 (request) [dish/drink] pedir*; [goods] pedir*, encargar* to order a taxi llamar un taxi can you order me a copy? ¿me puede pedir or encargar un ejemplar? they ordered 200 monitors from a German firm hicieron un pedido de or encargaron 200 monitores a una compañía alemana
  • 3 (put in order) [work/life/affairs] ordenar, poner* en orden

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • (in restaurant) are you ready to order? ¿ya han decidido qué van a tomar or pedir?

Phrasal verbs

order around

(in British English also/en inglés británico también) order about verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio
mandonear [colloquial/familiar] he's always ordering people around siempre anda mandoneando [colloquial/familiar] stop ordering me around deja de darme órdenes or [colloquial/familiar] de mandonearme

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