Definitions for ordainɔrˈdeɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  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. 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


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


  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

Anagrams of ordain

  1. Dorian, draino, inroad, radion, Rodina

Translations for ordain

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


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

He was ordained a priest.

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