Definition of in order in English:

in order


  • 1According to a particular sequence.

    ‘list the points you intend to cover and put them in order’
    • ‘He bet £1 and as the game progressed was dealt - in order - two red aces, a five and two more red aces.’
    • ‘Although the stages of grief are described, they don't progress in order.’
    • ‘The history portion isn't always in order, which can be a bit confusing.’
    • ‘Every item needed to be kept, in order, between the correct allocated colour coded dividers.’
    • ‘But on top of that, you have to put the chronology in order here.’
    • ‘Each involves a series of specific steps, which must be done correctly and in order.’
    • ‘Aaron scrambled to pick up the papers and put them in order.’
    • ‘It's all in place, and it's simply a matter of doing things in order.’
    • ‘Keep the cheques in order, and cash them in order, and don't forget to tick each one off your list each night you get back to the hotel.’
    • ‘As a historian, she can put things in order, illuminate the past and maybe right a few wrongs.’
    in sequence, in alphabetical order, in numerical order, in order of priority, in order of merit, in order of seniority
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  • 2In the correct condition for operation or use.

    ‘it is the liquidator's task to put the affairs of the company in order’
    • ‘We reviewed the data management procedures and found them to be in order.’
    • ‘When purchasing land, one must be careful to ensure that the title deeds are in order and that the land has been correctly classified.’
    • ‘A two or five-year plan is better than no plan at all and you need to make sure your finances are properly in order before making a move.’
    • ‘Jon liked everything tidy and in order where he could find it, but James Hyde was a messy man.’
    • ‘Sit down this weekend, get your affairs in order, and I promise you can trim hundreds of pounds, in some cases thousands, off your annual costs.’
    • ‘The committee are sparing no effort in ensuring that everything is in order for the big day.’
    • ‘He noted with approval that the room was spotless, and everything was in order.’
    • ‘And it's just very hard if you don't have your legal affairs in order.’
    • ‘Normally, as long as all the documentation is in order you will eventually be approved.’
    • ‘Employers are only required to ask if workers' papers are in order.’
    • ‘Once that decision is made, airlines will then have a year to put their houses in order, before the new legal requirements come into force.’
    tidy, neat, neat and tidy, orderly, straight, trim, in apple-pie order, spick and span
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  • 3In accordance with the rules of procedure at a meeting, legislative assembly, etc.

    ‘surely it is in order for Conservative Members to put various policy options to the Prime Minister?’
    • ‘The Speaker ruled at the time that my comments were in order and that the member should withdraw.’
    • ‘There were comments made in that point of order that were not in order.’
    • ‘My recollection is that one supplementary question was ruled as being in order on that particular day.’
    • ‘Just yesterday that word was ruled in order when it was used by a Minister in answering a question in this House.’
    • ‘But ultimately it is the Speaker who must rule upon whether a question is in order.’
    • ‘I listened to Mr Mallard's question, which was not in order, and I did not allow it.’
    • ‘Did that mean that he had authority to cast it, and that the vote was in order?’
    • ‘Last week it was not in order for the Minister even to find out that simple detail.’
    • ‘But the Assembly has now determined that the Bluestone decision is quite in order and will not need further examination.’
    • ‘The Minister is responsible for his legislation, and therefore the question was in order.’
    permissible, permitted, allowed, allowable, admissible, acceptable
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    1. 3.1Appropriate in the circumstances.
      ‘a little bit of flattery was now in order’
      • ‘A call to the Advertising Standards Authority could be in order.’
      • ‘To put things in perspective a quick historical comparison is in order.’
      • ‘The errors in your article were significant enough that printing a correction, or at least this letter, is in order.’
      • ‘Perhaps a quick, yet enlightening, history lesson is in order.’
      • ‘A little modesty or circumspection would be in order here.’
      • ‘It occurred to me at about 3am, as I lay in bed with a raging fever and hacking cough, that perhaps a visit to a doctor was in order.’
      • ‘To understand the goals and significance of Gravity Probe B, a brief dip into the history of physics is in order.’
      • ‘After six years of a strong dollar, a correction might be in order.’
      • ‘Maybe some professional expert opinions are in order here.’
      • ‘For the reasons behind my mirth, a little history lesson is in order.’
      appropriate, fitting, suitable, right, correct, proper
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