Ordain 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. {Ordinance}.] 1. To set in order; to arrange according to rule; to regulate; to set; to establish. ``Battle well ordained.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The stake that shall be ordained on either side. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To regulate, or establish, by appointment, decree, or law; to constitute; to decree; to appoint; to institute. [1913 Webster]

Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month. --1 Kings xii. 32. [1913 Webster]

And doth the power that man adores ordain Their doom ? --Byron. [1913 Webster]

3. To set apart for an office; to appoint. [1913 Webster]

Being ordained his special governor. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Meletius was ordained by Arian bishops. --Bp. Stillingfleet. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • ordain — index award, bestow, command, constitute (establish), decide, dictate, direct (order) …   Law dictionary

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  • ordain — *dictate, prescribe, decree, impose Analogous words: order, *command, enjoin, direct …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • ordain — ordainable, adj. ordainer, n. ordainment, n. /awr dayn /, v.t. 1. to invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions; confer holy orders upon. 2. to enact or establish by law, edict, etc.: to ordain a new type of government. 3. to decree; give… …   Universalium

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