- to invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions; confer holy orders upon.
- to enact or establish by law, edict, etc.: to ordain a new type of government.
- to decree; give orders for: He ordained that the restrictions were to be lifted.
- (of God, fate, etc.) to destine or predestine: Fate had ordained the meeting.
- to order or command: Thus do the gods ordain.
- to select for or appoint to an office.
- to invest someone with sacerdotal functions.
Origin of ordain
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Examples from the Web for ordained
Most people know the Universal Life Church as a quick and easy place to get ordained without leaving your couch.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 15-21, 2014
December 21, 2014
Yup, Evelyn and Donald Knapp are “ordained Christian ministers” suing for the right to discriminate.Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Isn’t Religious Freedom, It’s Just Discrimination
October 23, 2014
Those words were said by Joshu Sasaki Roshi, who ordained Leonard Cohen as a Zen monk in 1996.Excuse Me For Not Dying: Leonard Cohen at 80
September 24, 2014
Not only was he known as one of the blessed Polish priests who Pope John Paul II ordained before he became pope.Did the Vatican Arrest an Abuser to Protect Him?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 24, 2014
The doctrines, which drew on the likes of Wilhelm Reich, replaced absolute fidelity with ordained promiscuity.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl
September 22, 2014
For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
But fate had ordained that good King James should not finish his dinner in peace.Biographical Stories
Why should not miracles come now, as in the olden days, for had not all this been ordained from the beginning?The Dream
Hear: I, by authority of God, ordained that the man should rule over thee.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
They ordained that nobility should only be transmitted by the women.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
- to consecrate (someone) as a priest; confer holy orders upon
- (may take a clause as object) to decree, appoint, or predestine irrevocably
- (may take a clause as object) to order, establish, or enact with authority
- obsolete to select for an office
Word Origin and History for ordained
late 13c., "to appoint or admit to the ministry of the Church," from stem of Old French ordener "place in order, arrange, prepare; consecrate, designate" (Modern French ordonner) and directly from Latin ordinare "put in order, arrange, dispose, appoint," from ordo (genitive ordinis) "order" (see order (n.)). The notion is "to confer holy orders upon." Meaning "to decree, enact" is from c.1300; sense of "to set (something) that will continue in a certain order" is from early 14c. Related: Ordained; ordaining.