In context it would be:

  1. The marshall is responsible for verb the atheletes into the stadium in lane order.
  2. The MC is responsible for verb the guess speakers to present in the scheduled order.
  3. The receptionist verb the clients into the lawyers consulting room in the order of first in first served.

My original guess was marshall(ing/s) but that doesn't seem quite right to me but it seemed slightly better than arrange or order so I would appreciate your thought(s).

  • 1
    "Queueing" comes to mind for the first two, while "ushers" -a different word for a different action - seems to fit the last.
    – Rob_Ster
    Feb 11, 2016 at 1:37
  • Thanks for the suggestions @Rob_Ster. The important need is about the "correct order". My understanding of both queuing and ushering is that order is not necessary.
    – Tai Paul
    Feb 11, 2016 at 1:46
  • This is a problem. Your sentences specify that the action of the verb results in an order, so a verb that specifies ordering would be redundant. A number of synonyms suggest themselves, but since you've rejected 'to queue' (transitive), which means 'to arrange in order', it's hard to guess what you want.
    – JEL
    Feb 11, 2016 at 2:16
  • Thanks for your feedback @JEL. I agree it is hard to guess and I'm glad you took the time to consider the question. I can assure that if I knew what the word was that I was looking for I would have asked a better question.
    – Tai Paul
    Feb 11, 2016 at 2:41
  • "Sequence" is probably the best word for the job.
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 11, 2016 at 21:33

3 Answers 3


I think perhaps 'to regulate' would answer:

2. trans.
a. To control, modify, or adjust with reference to some principle, standard, or norm; to alter in response to a situation, set of circumstances, etc.

["regulate, v.". OED Online. December 2015. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/161422?rskey=qhuFbo&result=2&isAdvanced=false (accessed February 11, 2016).]

Thus, your examples might be these:

  1. The marshall is responsible for regulating the entrance of the atheletes into the stadium according to their numerical lanes of competition.
  2. The MC is responsible for regulating the appearance of the guest speakers according to the scheduled times of their presentations.
  3. The receptionist regulates the entry of clients into the lawyer's consulting room on the principle of 'first come, first served'.

In each of 1-3, the "principal, standard, or norm" employed for regulation is emphasized with italics.


JEL mentions that you're being redundant with your phrasing, but I'm assuming it's to help impart the purpose of the sentence until you have the correct word.

"Collating" comes to mind, such as when printing papers.

Collate: to collect and combine (texts, information, or sets of figures) in proper order

  • yes your assumption is correct and collate was an interesting suggestion that pointed me towards a little known defintion (by me at least) of the word range being "place or arrange in a row or rows or in a specified manner." This seems correct but quite uncommon.
    – Tai Paul
    Feb 11, 2016 at 3:30

First word which comes to my mind after reading your question is 'Sort' or 'Sorting'.

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