Etymology: Middle English, from ordre, noun
Date: 13th century
1. to put in order ; arrange
a. to give an order to ; command
b. destine, ordain <so ordered by the gods> c. to command to go or come to a specified place <ordered back to the base> d. to give an order for <order a meal> intransitive verb 1. to bring about order ; regulate 2. a. to issue orders ; command b. to give or place an order • orderable adjective • orderer noun Synonyms: order, arrange, marshal, organize, systematize, methodize mean to put persons or things into their proper places in relation to each other. order suggests a straightening out so as to eliminate confusion <ordered her business affairs>. arrange implies a setting in sequence, relationship, or adjustment <arranged the files numerically>. marshal suggests gathering and arranging in preparation for a particular operation or effective use <marshaling the facts for argument>. organize implies arranging so that the whole aggregate works as a unit with each element having a proper function <organized the volunteers into teams>. systematize implies arranging according to a predetermined scheme <systematized billing procedures>. methodize suggests imposing an orderly procedure rather than a fixed scheme <methodizes every aspect of daily living>. Synonym: see in addition command. II. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French ordre, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin ordin-, ordo ecclesiastical order, from Latin, arrangement, group, class; akin to Latin ordiri to lay the warp, begin Date: 14th century 1. a. a group of people united in a formal way: as (1) a fraternal society <the Masonic Order> (2) a community under a religious rule; especially one requiring members to take solemn vows b. a badge or medal of such a society; also a military decoration 2. a. any of the several grades of the Christian ministry b. plural the office of a person in the Christian ministry c. plural ordination 3. a. a rank, class, or special group in a community or society b. a class of persons or things grouped according to quality, value, or natural characteristics: as (1) a category of taxonomic classification ranking above the family and below the class (2) the broadest category in soil classification 4. a. (1) rank, level <a statesman of the first order> (2) category, class <in emergencies of this order — R. B. Westerfield> b. (1) the arrangement or sequence of objects or of events in time <listed the items in order of importance> <the batting order> (2) a sequential arrangement of mathematical elements c. degree 12a, b d. (1) the number of times differentiation is applied successively <derivatives of higher order> (2) of a differential equation the order of the derivative of highest order e. the number of columns or rows or columns and rows in a magic square, determinant, or matrix <the order of a matrix with 2 rows and 3 columns is 2 by 3> f. the number of elements in a finite mathematical group 5. a. (1) a sociopolitical system <was opposed to changes in the established order> (2) a particular sphere or aspect of a sociopolitical system <the present economic order> b. a regular or harmonious arrangement <the order of nature> 6. a. a prescribed form of a religious service ; rite b. the customary mode of procedure especially in debate <point of order> 7. a. the state of peace, freedom from confused or unruly behavior, and respect for law or proper authority <promised to restore law and order> b. a specific rule, regulation, or authoritative direction ; command 8. a. a style of building b. a type of column and entablature forming the unit of a style 9. a. state or condition especially with regard to functioning or repair <things were in terrible order> b. a proper, orderly, or functioning condition <their passports were in order> <the phone is out of order> 10. a. a written direction to pay money to someone b. a commission to purchase, sell, or supply goods or to perform work c. goods or items bought or sold d. an assigned or requested undertaking <landing men on the moon was a tall order> 11. order of the day <flat roofs were the order in the small villages> • orderless adjective
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.