ordain definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • 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.
  • verb:
    • to prearrange unalterably
    • to decree
    • to acknowledge to the ministry associated with Christian chapel
    • to approve as a rabbi
    • to predestine
    • invest with ministerial or priestly expert
    • appoint to a clerical articles
    • problem an order
    • order by virtue of superior authority; decree
  • others:
    • 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,”

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