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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
      order something for someone/something:

      I’ve ordered some more books for the school library.


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