Definition of Ordain

1. Verb. Order by virtue of superior authority; decree. "The legislature enacted this law in 1985"

Exact synonyms: Enact
Generic synonyms: Decree
Specialized synonyms: Reenact, Legislate, Pass
Derivative terms: Enactment

2. Verb. Appoint to a clerical posts. "He was ordained in the Church"
Exact synonyms: Consecrate, Order, Ordinate
Generic synonyms: Enthrone, Invest, Vest
Derivative terms: Consecration, Consecration, Ordainer, Ordinance, Order

3. Verb. Invest with ministerial or priestly authority. "The minister was ordained only last month"
Generic synonyms: Enthrone, Invest, Vest
Derivative terms: Ordainer, Ordinance

4. Verb. Issue an order.
Specialized synonyms: Predestine, Will, Designate, Destine, Doom, Fate
Generic synonyms: Decree
Derivative terms: Ordinance

Definition of Ordain

1. v. t. To set in order; to arrange according to rule; to regulate; to set; to establish.

Definition of Ordain

1. Verb. to prearrange unalterably ¹

2. Verb. to decree ¹

3. Verb. to admit into the ministry of the Christian church ¹

4. Verb. to authorize as a rabbi ¹

5. Verb. to predestine ¹

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Definition of Ordain

1. to invest with holy authority [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Ordain

1. 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." (Chaucer) 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. 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. Stillingfleet) Origin: OE. Ordeinen, OF. Ordener, F. Ordonner, fr. L. Ordinare, from ordo, ordinis, order. See Order, and cf. Ordinance. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Ordain

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Literary usage of Ordain

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1861)
"24 Second : We furthermore declare and ordain, that Article 10, ... Third : We furthermore ordain and declare, that all rights acquired and vested under the ..."

2. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1904)
""ordain and establish," as used in the Constitution, providing that the Judicial ... To "ordain," according to the etymology and general use of the term, ..."

3. A Complete History of Connecticut, Civil and Ecclesiastical, from the by Benjamin Trumbull (1818)
"Debates and heat in the council, called to ordain him. There was such opposition to his ordination, that the council, at first, could not agree to ordain. ..."

4. Lives of the Queens of England: From the Norman Conquest by Agnes Strickland (1885)
"Item, I ordain the collar of gold, which I brought out of Spain, be to my daughter. ... Item, I ordain to my physician the year's coming wages. ..."

5. The English Works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury by Thomas Hobbes (1841)
"But how NO. xn. have they right to ordain, when they cannot do it lawfully r Their answer is, they have the right, sion» upon the though they may not ..."

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