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Definitions of ordain

  1. To set in order; to arrange according to rule; to regulate; to set; to establish. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To regulate, or establish, by appointment, decree, or law; to constitute; to decree; to appoint; to institute. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To set apart for an office; to appoint. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions; to introduce into the office of the Christian ministry, by the laying on of hands, or other forms; to set apart by the ceremony of ordination. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To appoint or set apart for some special work; as, to ordain a minister or priest; decree; establish; as, fate ordains our destiny. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To put in order: to appoint: to regulate: to set in an office: to invest with ministerial functions. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To appoint; establish; decree; invest with sacerdotal functions. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To order; decree. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. issue an order Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. invest with ministerial or priestly authority; "The minister was ordained only last month" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. authorize as a rabbi; "Our rabbi was ordained in Spain" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. To appoint; to decree; to institute. See Order. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. To appoint; to decree; to establish; to institute; to invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. Ordainer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for ordain

  1. The bishops license and ordain the inferior clergy. – Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland by Henry B. Stanton
  2. Heaven saw fit to ordain that the electric spark of liberty should be conducted, through you, from the New World to the Old; and we, who are now here to perform this duty of patriotism, have all of us long ago received it in charge from our fathers to cherish your name and your virtues. – Select Speeches of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster
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