in order

in or·der
I i


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [in awr-der]
    • /ɪn ˈɔr dər/
    • /ɪn ˈɔːdə(r)/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [in awr-der]
    • /ɪn ˈɔr dər/

Definitions of in order words

  • noun in order an authoritative direction or instruction; command; mandate. 1
  • noun in order a command of a court or judge. 1
  • noun in order a command or notice issued by a military organization or a military commander to troops, sailors, etc. 1
  • noun in order the disposition of things following one after another, as in space or time; succession or sequence: The names were listed in alphabetical order. 1
  • noun in order a condition in which each thing is properly disposed with reference to other things and to its purpose; methodical or harmonious arrangement: You must try to give order to your life. 1
  • noun in order formal disposition or array: the order of the troops. 1

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Origin of in order

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; Middle English ordre (noun), ordren (v., derivative of the noun) < Old French ordre (noun) < Latin ordin- (stem of ordō) row, rank, regular arrangement

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Parts of speech for In order


in order popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for in order

adj in order

  • serene — calm, peaceful, or tranquil; unruffled: a serene landscape; serene old age.
  • slow — moving or proceeding with little or less than usual speed or velocity: a slow train.
  • smooth — free from projections or unevenness of surface; not rough: smooth wood; a smooth road.
  • soothing — that soothes: a soothing voice.
  • mild — amiably gentle or temperate in feeling or behavior toward others.

adv in order

  • regularly — at regular times or intervals.
  • consistently — agreeing or accordant; compatible; not self-contradictory: His views and actions are consistent.
  • methodically — performed, disposed, or acting in a systematic way; systematic; orderly: a methodical person.
  • orderly — arranged or disposed in a neat, tidy manner or in a regular sequence: an orderly desk.
  • consecutively — following one another in uninterrupted succession or order; successive: six consecutive numbers, such as 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Antonyms for in order

adj in order

  • agitated — If someone is agitated, they are very worried or upset, and show this in their behaviour, movements, or voice.
  • nervous — highly excitable; unnaturally or acutely uneasy or apprehensive: to become nervous under stress.
  • fierce — menacingly wild, savage, or hostile: fierce animals; a fierce look.
  • frenzied — wildly excited or enthusiastic: frenzied applause.
  • stormy — affected, characterized by, or subject to storms; tempestuous: a stormy sea.

prep in order

  • down — from higher to lower; in descending direction or order; toward, into, or in a lower position: to come down the ladder.
  • continuing — not ended; ongoing
  • current — A current is a steady and continuous flowing movement of some of the water in a river, lake, or sea.
  • valid — sound; just; well-founded: a valid reason.

adv in order

  • out of turn — to cause to move around on an axis or about a center; rotate: to turn a wheel.

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