in order to

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in order to

  1. As a means of achieving the specified end; to.
    She stood in order to see over the crowd. / She stood to see over the crowd.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The words "in order" in this context are usually redundant, and can be removed to leave just "to" as an expression of purpose. However, the full expression is required in the negative ("in order not to") and occasionally to avoid ambiguity.


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See also[edit]

  • to (particle)