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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
he/she/it would ordain
we would ordain
you would ordain
they would ordain
Past Conditional
I would have ordained
you would have ordained
he/she/it would have ordained
we would have ordained
you would have ordained
they would have ordained
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 plan of the convention, in the first place, authorizes the national legislature "to constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court."[2] It declares, in the next place, that "the JUDICIAL POWER of the United States shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as Congress shall ordain and establish"; and it then proceeds to enumerate the cases to which this judicial power shall extend.
Eteocles He hath consigned to earth (as fame reports) With obsequies that use and wont ordain, So gracing him among the dead below.
But the bishop would not ordain him--why is not known, but it was said that he was offended with Goldsmith for coming to be ordained dressed in scarlet breeches.
Jupiter, telling him that it would be the last time that he could grant his request, ordained that he be sold to a tanner.
little did I then think I was ordained so soon to quit that humble Cottage for the Deceitfull Pleasures of the World.
She was self-ordained a Sister of Mercy, or, we may rather say, the world's heavy hand had so ordained her, when neither the world nor she looked forward to this result.
The masters, graduates of Oxford or Cambridge, were ordained and unmarried; if by chance they wished to marry they could only do so by accepting one of the smaller livings at the disposal of the Chapter; but for many years none of them had cared to leave the refined society of Tercanbury, which owing to the cavalry depot had a martial as well as an ecclesiastical tone, for the monotony of life in a country rectory; and they were now all men of middle age.
Such dispositions, are the very errors of human nature; and yet they are the fittest timber, to make great politics of; like to knee timber, that is good for ships, that are ordained to be tossed; but not for building houses, that shall stand firm.
"Forasmuch as it is ordained of God that all flesh hath spirit and thereby taketh on spiritual powers, so, also, the spirit hath powers of the flesh, even when it is gone out of the flesh and liveth as a thing apart, as many a violence performed by wraith and lemure sheweth.
But now you have honoured me not even a little, though you ordained me to have a long span of life, and to live through seven generations of mortal kind.'
And so by reason of the smallest part or class, and of the knowledge which resides in this presiding and ruling part of itself, the whole State, being thus constituted according to nature, will be wise; and this, which has the only knowledge worthy to be called wisdom, has been ordained by nature to be of all classes the least.
After this they inflicted various kinds of tortures on him, which he endured with incredible resolution, and without uttering the least complaint, praising the mercy of God who had ordained him to suffer in such a cause.