Synonyms of order
1 commandDictionary • Williams ordered him to leave.
command • He commanded his troops to attack.
instruct • They have instructed solicitors to sue for compensation.
direct • They have been directed to give special attention to poverty.
charge (formal) • Jesus charged his disciples to preach the gospel.
require • The rules require employers to provide safety training.
bid • I dare say he did as he was bidden.
enjoin • She enjoined me strictly not to tell anyone else.
2 decreeDictionary • The President has ordered a full investigation.
decree • He got the two men off the hook by decreeing a general amnesty.
rule • The court ruled that laws passed by the assembly remained valid.
prescribe • The judge said he was passing the sentence prescribed by law.
ordain (formal) • He ordained that women should be veiled in public.
, rule out
, make illegal
3 requestDictionary • I often order goods over the Internet these days.
request • I requested a copy of the form.
book • She booked herself a flight home last night.
demand • She demanded an immediate apology.
seek • The couple have sought help from marriage guidance counsellors.
reserve • I'll reserve a table for five.
engage • He managed to engage a room for the night.
solicit • He's already solicited their support on health care reform.
requisition • the task of requisitioning men and supplies
put in for
send away for
4 arrangeDictionary • Entries in the book are ordered alphabetically.
arrange • He started to arrange the books in piles.
group • The fact sheets are grouped into seven sections.
sort • He sorted the materials into their folders.
position • Position trailing plants near the edges of the basket.
range • The pots are all ranged in neat rows.
file • Papers are filed alphabetically.
rank • Daffodils were ranked along a crazy paving path.
organize • He began to organize his papers.
classify • Rocks can be classified according to their mode of origin.
array • Here are arrayed such 20th century relics as Madonna's bustier.
dispose • He was preparing to dispose his effects about the room.
tidy • She made her bed and tidied her room.
marshal • The government marshalled its economic resources.
tabulate • Results for the test program haven't been tabulated yet.
systematize • The way to stay on top is to systematize your approach.
neaten • Trim and neaten the edges of the fabric.
put in order
set in order
put to rights
, mix up
, mess up
, jumble up
, muss (US, Canadian)
1 instructionDictionary • They were arrested and executed on the orders of Stalin.
instruction • No reason for this instruction was given.
command • The tanker failed to respond to a command to stop.
dictate • They must abide by the dictates of the new government.
decree • He issued a decree ordering all unofficial armed groups to disband.
mandate • The union already has a mandate to ballot for a strike.
directive • Thanks to a new directive, labelling will be more specific.
injunction • He took out a court injunction against the newspaper.
2 requestDictionary • The company say they can't supply our order.
request • They agreed to his request for help.
demand • He grew ever more fierce in his demands.
application • His application for membership was rejected.
reservation • He went to the desk to make a reservation.
requisition • a requisition for a replacement typewriter
3 sequenceDictionary • List the key headings and sort them in a logical order.
sequence • The chronological sequence gives the book an element of structure.
line • the latest in a long line of successes
series • a series of explosions
chain • a horrific chain of events
arrangement • an imaginative flower arrangement
succession • He took a succession of jobs which have stood him in good stead.
array • the markets with their wonderful arrays of fruit and vegetables
placement • The treatment involves the placement of electrodes in the inner ear.
classification • the accepted classification of the animal and plant kingdoms
progression • the steady progression of events in my life
disposition (archaic) • the disposition of walls and entrances
4 organizationDictionary • The wish to impose order upon confusion is a kind of intellectual instinct.
organization • the internal organization of the department
method • They go about their work with method and common sense.
pattern • All three attacks followed the same pattern.
symmetry • the incredible beauty and symmetry of a snowflake
neatness • The grounds were a perfect balance between neatness and natural wildness.
5 peaceDictionary • He has the power to use force to maintain public order.
peace • All I want is a bit of peace and quiet.
law • The law was passed on a second vote.
quiet • He wants some peace and quiet.
calm • the rural calm of Grand Rapids, Michigan
law and order
tranquillity • The hotel is a haven of peace and tranquillity.
6 societyDictionary • the Benedictine order of monks
society • the historical society
company • He was a notable young actor in a company of rising stars.
group • Members of an environmental group are staging a protest inside a chemical plant.
club • He was a member of the local youth club.
community • He's well liked by the local community.
league • the League of Nations
association • the British Olympic Association
institute • a research institute devoted to software programming
organization • Most of the funds are provided by voluntary organizations.
circle • a small circle of friends
corporation • chairman of a huge multi-national corporation
lodge • My father would occasionally go to his Masonic lodge.
guild • the Writers' Guild of America
fellowship • the National Youth Fellowship
fraternity (US, Canadian) • He joined a college fraternity.
brotherhood • a secret international brotherhood
7 classDictionary • He maintained that the higher orders of society must rule the lower.
class • the relationship between different social classes
set • the popular watering hole for the literary set
rank • He eventually rose to the rank of captain.
degree (archaic) • the fall of a man of high degree and noble character
grade • Staff turnover is high among junior grades.
sphere • life outside academic spheres of society
caste • Most of these people are from the socially-disadvantaged lower castes.
8 kindDictionary • the order of insects Coleoptera, better known as beetles (biology)
kind • I hate Lewis and his kind just as much as you do.
group • The recipes are divided into groups according to their main ingredients.
class • The navy is developing a new class of nuclear-powered submarine.
family • foods in the cabbage family, such as Brussels sprouts
form • He contracted a rare form of cancer.
sort • What sort of person is he?
type • There are various types of the disease.
variety • She grows 12 varieties of old-fashioned roses.
cast • Hers was an essentially optimistic cast of mind.
species • There are several thousand species of trees here.
breed • rare breeds of cattle
strain • a particularly beautiful strain of Swiss pansies
category • The entries were organised into six different categories.
genre • his love of films and novels in the horror genre
classification • several different classifications of vehicles
genus • all the species of a particular genus
ilk • politicians and their ilk
IDIOM:▷ be the order of the day
PHRASES:▷ in order
PHRASAL VERB:▷ order someone about or around
PROVERBS:A place for everything, and everything in its place
There's a time and a place for everything
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applicationAn application for something such as a job or membership of an organization is a formal written request for it.
• His application for membership was rejected.
arrangeIf you arrange things somewhere, you place them in a particular position, usually in order to make them look attractive or tidy.
• He started to arrange the books in piles.
Thesaurus for order from the Collins English Thesaurus
a state in which all components or elements are arranged logically, comprehensibly, or naturally
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