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Definitions of ordain

  1. appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. issue an order Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. invest with ministerial or priestly authority; "The minister was ordained only last month" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. authorize as a rabbi; "Our rabbi was ordained in Spain" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. order by virtue of superior authority; decree; "The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews"; "the legislature enacted this law in 1985" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. To set in order; to arrange according to rule; to regulate; to set; to establish. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To regulate, or establish, by appointment, decree, or law; to constitute; to decree; to appoint; to institute. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To set apart for an office; to appoint. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. To appoint; establish; decree; invest with sacerdotal functions. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. To order; decree. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To appoint and consecrate, as a Christian minister. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Ordainer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. To appoint; to decree; to institute. See Order. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. 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.
  18. or-d[=a]n', 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. ORDIN[=A]'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. ordin[=a]re, -[=a]tum--ordo.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. (Eccl.) appoint ceremonially to Christian ministry, confer holy orders (esp. those of deacon or priest) on (was ordained priest, elder, &c., or abs.); (of God, fate, &c.) destine, appoint, (has ordained the time, death as our lot, us mortal, us to die, that we should live); appoint authoritatively, decree, enact, (what the laws o.; o. that-). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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