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     n 1: (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a
          military or law enforcement officer) that must be
          obeyed; "the British ships dropped anchor and waited for
          orders from London"
     2: a degree in a continuum of size or quantity; "it was on the
        order of a mile"; "an explosion of a low order of
        magnitude" [syn: {order of magnitude}]
     3: established customary state (especially of society); "order
        ruled in the streets"; "law and order" [ant: {disorder}]
     4: logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements;
        "we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of
        their presentation" [syn: {ordering}, {ordination}]
     5: a condition of regular or proper arrangement; "he put his
        desk in order"; "the machine is now in working order"
        [syn: {orderliness}] [ant: {disorderliness}, {disorderliness}]
     6: a legally binding command or decision entered on the court
        record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in
        New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out
        there" [syn: {decree}, {edict}, {fiat}, {rescript}]
     7: a commercial document used to request someone to supply
        something in return for payment and providing
        specifications and quantities; "IBM received an order for
        a hundred computers" [syn: {purchase order}]
     8: a formal association of people with similar interests; "he
        joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society";
        "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen
        today" [syn: {club}, {society}, {guild}, {gild}, {lodge}]
     9: a body of rules followed by an assembly [syn: {rules of
        order}, {parliamentary law}, {parliamentary procedure}]
     10: (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian
         clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy; "theologians
         still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not
         be a separate order" [syn: {holy order}]
     11: a group of person living under a religious rule; "the order
         of Saint Benedict" [syn: {monastic order}]
     12: (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families
     13: a request for food or refreshment (as served in a restaurant
         or bar etc.); "I gave the waiter my order"
     14: (architecture) one of original three styles of Greek
         architecture distinguished by the type of column and
         entablature used or a style developed from the original
         three by the Romans
     15: putting in order; "there were mistakes in the ordering of
         items on the list" [syn: {ordering}]
     v 1: give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with
          authority; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him
          to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get
          dressed" [syn: {tell}, {enjoin}, {say}]
     2: make a request for something; "Order me some flowers";
        "order a work stoppage"
     3: issue commands or orders for [syn: {prescribe}, {dictate}]
     4: bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage;
        impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people
        dress"; "This town likes to regulate" [syn: {regulate}, {regularize},
         {regularise}, {govern}] [ant: {deregulate}]
     5: bring order to or into; "Order these files" [ant: {disorder}]
     6: place in a certain order; "order these files"
     7: appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church"
        [syn: {ordain}, {consecrate}, {ordinate}]
     8: arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events, etc.; "arrange my
        schedule"; "set up one's life"; "I put these memories with
        those of bygone times" [syn: {arrange}, {set up}, {put}]
     9: assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these
        students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food
        guide" [syn: {rate}, {rank}, {range}, {grade}, {place}]
Source: WordNet® 2.0

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