Definitions for ordainɔrˈdeɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•dainɔrˈdeɪn(v.t.)

  1. to invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions; confer holy orders upon.

    Category: Religion

  2. to enact or establish by law, edict, etc.

  3. to decree; give orders for.

  4. (of God, fate, etc.) to destine or predestine.

  5. Archaic.to select for or appoint to an office.

  6. (v.i.)to order or command.

Origin of ordain:

1250–1300; ME < OF ordener < L ordināre to order, arrange, appoint. See ordination

or•dain′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ordain, enact(verb)

    order by virtue of superior authority; decree

    "The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews"; "the legislature enacted this law in 1985"

  2. ordain, consecrate, ordinate, order(verb)

    appoint to a clerical posts

    "he was ordained in the Church"

  3. ordain(verb)

    invest with ministerial or priestly authority

    "The minister was ordained only last month"

  4. ordain(verb)

    issue an order

Wiktionary

  1. ordain(Verb)

    to prearrange unalterably

  2. ordain(Verb)

    to decree

  3. ordain(Verb)

    to admit into the ministry of the Christian church

  4. ordain(Verb)

    to authorize as a rabbi

  5. ordain(Verb)

    to predestine


Translations for ordain

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ordain(verb)

to make (someone) a priest, minister etc, usually by a church ceremony

He was ordained a priest.

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