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Definition of "ordain" []

  • To invest with ministerial or priestly authority; confer holy orders on. (verb-transitive)
  • To authorize as a rabbi. (verb-transitive)
  • To order by virtue of superior authority; decree or enact. (verb-transitive)
  • To prearrange unalterably; predestine: by fate ordained. See Synonyms at dictate. (verb-transitive)
  • To consecrate (someone) as a priest; confer holy orders upon (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To decree, appoint, or predestine irrevocably (verb)
  • To order, establish, or enact with authority (verb)
  • To select for an office (verb)

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Use "ordain" in a sentence
  • "In reference to the word ordain, we shall speak under the sixth proposition."
  • "The word "ordain" -- then and now -- means "to order by virtue of superior authority," meaning "We the people" are the superior authority."
  • "To deny that the elders have the right to ordain is to run directly against the expressed declaration of the Bible."