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 Dictionary entry overview: What does in order mean? 

IN ORDER (adjective)
  The adjective IN ORDER has 2 senses:

1. marked by system; in good order
2. in a state of proper readiness or preparation or arrangement

  Familiarity information: IN ORDER used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

IN ORDER (adjective)

Sense 1in order [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by system; in good order

Context examples:

everything is in order / his books are always just so / things must be exactly so


systematic (characterized by order and planning)

Sense 2in order [BACK TO TOP]


In a state of proper readiness or preparation or arrangement

Context example:

everything is in order for their arrival


ready (completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress)

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