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- In a sequence.
- Antonym: out of order
- Place the cards in order by color, then by number.
- Ready, prepared; orderly; tidy.
- Some teachers find it hard to keep their classes in order.
- I wish I could get my desk in order.
- His material is in order for the presentation.
- (idiomatic, formal) In accordance with the procedural rules governing formal meetings of a deliberative body.
- (idiomatic) Appropriate, worthwhile.
- Now that we have finally finished, I think a celebration is in order.
in accordance with the procedural rules governing formal meetings
- (not comparable, idiomatic, with to) Emphasizes that what follows immediately is the purpose of the preceding or the beyond.
- She stood in order to see over the crowd. / She stood to see over the crowd.
- (not comparable, idiomatic, US, with "for") Emphasizes that what follows immediately is the purpose of the preceding or the beyond.
- She stood in order for her husband to see her. / She stood for her husband to see her.
- (comparable) In sequence.
- They sang in order, ending with a basso profundo.
- The words "in order" to express purpose in "in order to" 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.
for the purpose of — see in order to