ordain

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 ordain — [ôr dān′] vt. [ME ordeinen < OFr ordener < L ordinare, to arrange (in LL(Ec), to ordain as a priest) < L ordo, ORDER] 1. Obs. to put in order; arrange; prepare 2. a) to decree; order; establish; enact b) to predetermine; predestine 3 …

    English World dictionary

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

    Law dictionary

  • 4 ordain — (v.) late 13c., to appoint or admit to the ministry of the Church, from stem of O.Fr. ordener (Mod.Fr. ordonner), from L. ordinare put in order, arrange, dispose, appoint, from ordo (gen. ordinis) order (see ORDER (Cf. order) (n.)). The notion is …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 ordain — *dictate, prescribe, decree, impose Analogous words: order, *command, enjoin, direct …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 ordain — [v] establish, install anoint, appoint, bless, call, commission, consecrate, constitute, deal, deal with, decree, delegate, destine, dictate, elect, enact, enjoin, fix, frock, impose, institute, invest, lay down the law*, legislate, nominate,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 ordain — ► VERB 1) make (someone) a priest or minister. 2) order officially. 3) (of God or fate) decide in advance. ORIGIN Latin ordinare, from ordo order …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 ordain — [[t]ɔː(r)de͟ɪn[/t]] ordains, ordaining, ordained 1) VERB When someone is ordained, they are made a member of the clergy in a religious ceremony. [be V ed n] He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1982... [be V ed] Women have been ordained for many… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 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

  • 10 ordain — 1) In the OT God is said to ‘ordain’ (AV) or ‘establish’ (NRSV) the government of the Universe (Ps. 8:3) and its geographical divisions (1 Chron. 17:9). This means that God ‘orders’ or ‘appoints’ or ‘institutes’ or ‘invests’. 2) Similarly, he… …

    Dictionary of the Bible

  • 11 ordain — or|dain [o:ˈdeın US o:r ] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: ordener, from Latin ordinare to put in order , from ordo; ORDER1] 1.) to officially make someone a priest or religious leader →↑ordination ▪ Desmond Tutu was ordained in 1960 …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 ordain — UK [ɔː(r)ˈdeɪn] / US [ɔrˈdeɪn] verb [transitive] Word forms ordain : present tense I/you/we/they ordain he/she/it ordains present participle ordaining past tense ordained past participle ordained 1) to make someone a priest, minister, or rabbi in …

    English dictionary

  • 13 ordain — verb Etymology: Middle English ordeinen, from Anglo French ordener, ordeiner, from Late Latin ordinare, from Latin, to put in order, appoint, from ordin , ordo order Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to invest officially (as by the laying on… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 ordain — verb Ordain is used with these nouns as the object: ↑bishop, ↑minister, ↑pastor …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 15 ordain — verb (T) 1 to officially make someone a priest or religious leader: Desmond Tutu was ordained in 1960. | ordain sb (as) sth: Paulson was ordained deacon. see also: ordination 2 formal to order that something should happen: a duty ordained by God… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 ordain — verb 1) the Church voted to ordain women Syn: confer holy orders on, appoint, anoint, consecrate, install, invest, induct 2) the path ordained by fate Syn: predetermine, predestine, preordain, destine …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 ordain — verb 1) the decision to ordain women Syn: confer holy orders on, admit to the priesthood, priest, appoint, anoint, consecrate 2) the path ordained by God Syn: determine, predestine, preordain, predetermine …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 18 ordain — verb a) to prearrange unalterably b) to decree …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 ordain — Synonyms and related words: allocate, allot, appoint, appropriate to, assign, assign to, authorize, bid, call on, call the signals, call upon, canonize, carry on, charge, command, commission, consecrate, constitute, declare, declare lawful,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 ordain — v. (formal) 1) (L; subj.) the emperor ordained that all foreigners be expelled 2) (N; used with a noun) he was ordained priest * * * [ɔː deɪn] (N; used with a noun) he was ordained priest (formal) (L; subj.) the emperor ordained that all… …

    Combinatory dictionary


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