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Meaning of ORDAIN

Pronunciation:  or'deyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  issue an order
  2. [v]  appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church"
  3. [v]  invest with ministerial or priestly authority; "The minister was ordained only last month"
  4. [v]  authorize as a rabbi; "Our rabbi was ordained in Spain"
  5. [v]  order by virtue of superior authority; decree; "The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews"

ORDAIN is a 6 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: consecrate, enact, order, ordinate
 See Also: decree, decree, designate, destine, doom, enthrone, fate, invest, legislate, pass, predestine, reenact, vest, will



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Or*dain"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ordained}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Ordaining}.] [OE. ordeinen, OF. ordener, F. ordonner, fr.
L. ordinare, from ordo, ordinis, order. See {Order}, and cf.
1. To set in order; to arrange according to rule; to
   regulate; to set; to establish. ``Battle well ordained.''

         The stake that shall be ordained on either side.

2. To regulate, or establish, by appointment, decree, or law;
   to constitute; to decree; to appoint; to institute.

         Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month. --1
                                               Kings xii. 32.

         And doth the power that man adores ordain Their doom
         ?                                     --Byron.

3. To set apart for an office; to appoint.

         Being ordained his special governor.  --Shak.

4. (Eccl.) 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.

         Meletius was ordained by Arian bishops. --Bp.

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