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verb order pronunciation in British English /ˈɔː(r)də(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleordering
past tenseordered
past participleordered
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to tell someone to do something, or to say that something should be done, in a way that shows you have authority
    The government has ordered an investigation into the cause of the accident.
    order someone to do something: The judge ordered Hill to serve five years in prison for the robbery.
    order someone in/out/off/back etc: The Director has ordered her off the project.
    His soldiers ordered the two men out of the vehicle.
    order that: Local police have ordered that all guns should be registered.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to ask for food or drink in a restaurant or hotel
    Are you ready to order?
    I’d like to order the salmon, please.
    order someone something: The waitress came, so we ordered you another beer.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to ask for a product to be made for you or delivered to you
      The airline has ordered 35 new planes.
      order something for someone/something: I’ve ordered some more books for the school library.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to put things in a particular order
    The list of books is ordered alphabetically by title.



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