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or·dain

 (ôr-dān′)
tr.v. or·dained, or·dain·ing, or·dains
1.
a. To invest with ministerial or priestly authority; confer holy orders on: ordain a priest.
b. To authorize as a rabbi.
2. To order or decree by virtue of superior authority: The management ordained that business attire should be worn in the office at all times.
3. To prearrange unalterably; predestine: events that were ordained by fate.

[Middle English ordeinen, from Old French ordener, ordein-, from Latin ōrdināre, to organize, appoint to office, from ōrdō, ōrdin-, order; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

or·dain′er n.
or·dain′ment n.

ordain

(ɔːˈdeɪn)
vb (tr)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) to consecrate (someone) as a priest; confer holy orders upon
2. (may take a clause as object) to decree, appoint, or predestine irrevocably
3. (may take a clause as object) to order, establish, or enact with authority
4. obsolete to select for an office
[C13: from Anglo-Norman ordeiner, from Late Latin ordināre, from Latin ordo order]
orˈdainer n
orˈdainment n

or•dain

(ɔrˈdeɪn)
v.t.
1. to invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions; confer holy orders upon.
2. to enact or establish by law, edict, etc.
3. to decree; give orders for.
4. (of God, fate, etc.) to destine or predestine.
5. Archaic. to select for or appoint to an office.
v.i.
6. to order or command.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French ordener < Latin ordināre to order, arrange, appoint. See ordination]
or•dain′a•ble, adj.
or•dain′er, n.

ordain


Past participle: ordained
Gerund: ordaining

Imperative
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Present
I ordain
you ordain
he/she/it ordains
we ordain
you ordain
they ordain
Preterite
I ordained
you ordained
he/she/it ordained
we ordained
you ordained
they ordained
Present Continuous
I am ordaining
you are ordaining
he/she/it is ordaining
we are ordaining
you are ordaining
they are ordaining
Present Perfect
I have ordained
you have ordained
he/she/it has ordained
we have ordained
you have ordained
they have ordained
Past Continuous
I was ordaining
you were ordaining
he/she/it was ordaining
we were ordaining
you were ordaining
they were ordaining
Past Perfect
I had ordained
you had ordained
he/she/it had ordained
we had ordained
you had ordained
they had ordained
Future
I will ordain
you will ordain
he/she/it will ordain
we will ordain
you will ordain
they will ordain
Future Perfect
I will have ordained
you will have ordained
he/she/it will have ordained
we will have ordained
you will have ordained
they will have ordained
Future Continuous
I will be ordaining
you will be ordaining
he/she/it will be ordaining
we will be ordaining
you will be ordaining
they will be ordaining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ordaining
you have been ordaining
he/she/it has been ordaining
we have been ordaining
you have been ordaining
they have been ordaining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ordaining
you will have been ordaining
he/she/it will have been ordaining
we will have been ordaining
you will have been ordaining
they will have been ordaining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ordaining
you had been ordaining
he/she/it had been ordaining
we had been ordaining
you had been ordaining
they had been ordaining
Conditional
I would ordain
you would ordain
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we would ordain
you would ordain
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Past Conditional
I would have ordained
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we would have ordained
you would have ordained
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.ordain - order by virtue of superior authority; decree; "The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews"; "the legislature enacted this law in 1985"
decree - issue a decree; "The King only can decree"
reenact - enact again; "Congress reenacted the law"
legislate, pass - make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation; "They passed the amendment"; "We cannot legislate how people spend their free time"
2.ordain - appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church"
enthrone, vest, invest - provide with power and authority; "They vested the council with special rights"
3.ordain - invest with ministerial or priestly authority; "The minister was ordained only last month"
enthrone, vest, invest - provide with power and authority; "They vested the council with special rights"
4.ordain - issue an order
predestine - decree or determine beforehand
will - decree or ordain; "God wills our existence"
destine, doom, fate, designate - decree or designate beforehand; "She was destined to become a great pianist"
decree - issue a decree; "The King only can decree"

ordain

verb
1. appoint, call, name, commission, select, elect, invest, install, nominate, anoint, consecrate, frock Her brother was ordained as a priest in 1982.
2. (Formal) order, will, rule, demand, require, direct, establish, command, dictate, prescribe, pronounce, lay down, decree, instruct, enact, legislate, enjoin He ordained that women should be veiled in public.
3. predestine, fate, intend, mark out, predetermine, foreordain, destine, preordain His future seemed ordained right from the start.

ordain

verb
To set forth expressly and authoritatively:
Translations
يَرْسُم الشَّخْصَ كاهِنا
ordinere
vígja
ordinēt, iesvētīt
papaz yapmak

ordain

[ɔːˈdeɪn]
A. VT
1. (= order) → ordenar, decretar; [God] → mandar, disponer
it was ordained thatse dispuso que ...
2. (Rel) → ordenar
to ordain sb priestordenar a algn sacerdote
to be ordainedordenarse
B. VImandar, disponer
as God ordainssegún manda Dios, como Dios manda

ordain

[ɔːrˈdeɪn] vt
[+ priest] → ordonner
to be ordained → être ordonné prêtre
(= decree) → décréter
to ordain that ... → décréter que ...

ordain

vt
sbordinieren; (Eccl) a priestweihen; to be ordained priest/to the ministryordiniert werden; (Catholic also) → zum Priester geweiht werden
(= destine: God, fate) → wollen, bestimmen; God has ordained that man should dieGott hat es gewollt or hat bestimmt, dass der Mensch sterbe; fate ordained that he should die, it was ordained that he should diedas Schicksal hat es so gefügt or es war ihm vom Schicksal bestimmt, dass er sterben sollte
(= decree) (law) → bestimmen; (ruler) → verfügen

ordain

[ɔːˈdeɪn] vt
a. (decree) → decretare
it was ordained that ... (fig) → era destino che...
b. (Rel) → ordinare

ordain

(oːˈdein) verb
to make (someone) a priest, minister etc, usually by a church ceremony. He was ordained a priest.
References in classic literature ?
The judicial power of the United States is" (by the plan of the convention) "to be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may, from time to time, ordain and establish.
Father Jove," answered the stockman, "would indeed that you might so ordain it.
Political judgments are generally vain formalities, for the same passions which give rise to the accusation ordain to the condemnation.
Such fearful turmoil of men and horses did Jove on that day ordain round the body of Patroclus.
We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.
But if, without carrying him into the thought, I look over into his plot, and, guessing how it is with him, ordain this or that, he will never obey me.
And as he was a philosopher, and, more than that, as he was a Christian, he began to pray for the soul of his godfather, then for that of the Grand Pensionary, and at last submitted with resignation to all the sufferings which God might ordain for him.
238-247) But for those who practise violence and cruel deeds far-seeing Zeus, the son of Cronos, ordains a punishment.
Since baptism is the root of ministry I suggest that we not ordain anyone for a while, maybe 100 years, until ordination loses its current content.
She said: "They've only started to ordain women over the last 10 years.
2 billion member Catholic Church, is very unlikely to give in to the demands of the feminist groups, as the Church has been very adamant all these years not to ordain women as priests.