What does ordain mean?

Definitions for ordainɔrˈdeɪn

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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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ordain

    or-dān′, v.t. to put in order: to appoint: to dispose or regulate: to set apart for an office: to invest with ministerial functions.—adj. Ordain′able.—ns. Ordain′er; Ordain′ment.—adj. Or′dinal, showing order or succession.—n. a number noting order or place among others: a body of regulations, a book containing forms and rules for ordination.—n. Or′dinance, that which is ordained by authority: a law: a religious practice or right established by authority.—adj. Or′dinant (Shak.), ordaining, decreeing.—n. one who ordains, as a bishop—opp. to Or′dinand, or one who is to be ordained.—n. Ordinā′tion, the act of ordaining: admission to the Christian ministry by the laying on of hands of a bishop or a presbytery: established order. [O. Fr. ordener (Fr. ordonner)—L. ordināre, -ātumordo.]

Anagrams for ordain »

  1. Dorian, draino, inroad, radion, Rodina


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ordain in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ordain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sharon Salzberg:

    Any ordinary favor we do for someone or any compassionate reaching out may seem to be going nowhere at first, but may be planting a seed we can't see right now. Sometimes we need to just do the best we can and then trust in an unfolding we can't design or ordain.

  2. Walt Whitman:

    From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines, Going where I list, my own master total and absolute, Listening to others, considering well what they say, Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating, Gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me.

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