To invest with ministerial or priestly authority; confer holy purchases on.
To approve as a rabbi.
To order by virtue of superior authority; decree or enact.
To prearrange unalterably; predestine: by fate ordained. See Synonyms at determine.
To set trying; to arrange according to rule; to regulate; to create; to determine.
To regulate, or establish, by appointment, decree, or law; to represent; to decree; to appoint; to institute.
setting apart for an office; to appoint.
To invest with ministerial or sacerdotal features; to introduce in to the office associated with the Christian ministry, because of the laying on of fingers, or any other kinds; to set apart because of the ceremony of ordination.
to create or place in appropriate purchase; arrange; prepare; make ready; for this reason, to construct or represent with a view to a certain end.
to create; establish; institute; appoint: purchase.
To dispose or regulate in accordance with will or cause; prescribe; provide sales or directions for; command; enact; decree: used particularly regarding the decrees of Providence or of fate; therefore, to destine.
setting apart for an office; select; appoint.
To destine, set aside, etc., to a particular religious problem, or to the fulfilment of a certain providential function: particularly in Biblical usage.
Eccles., to invest with ministerial or sacerdotal features; confer holy purchases upon; appoint to or officially present to the ministerial company: utilized specifically of entry towards the priesthood, as distinguished from making a deacon and consecrating a bishop. See ordination, 2.
Synonyms To destine, enact, order, prescribe, enjoin. In regard to the making of human laws or the acts of Providence, ordain is the most weighty and solemn word in use: as, the Mayor and Common Council do ordain; “the powers that be are ordained of God,”