from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To invest with ministerial or priestly authority; confer holy orders on.
- transitive v. To authorize as a rabbi.
- transitive v. To order by virtue of superior authority; decree or enact.
- transitive v. To prearrange unalterably; predestine: by fate ordained. See Synonyms at dictate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to prearrange unalterably
- v. to decree
- v. to admit into the ministry of the Christian church
- v. to authorize as a rabbi
- v. to predestine
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To set in order; to arrange according to rule; to regulate; to set; to establish.
- transitive v. To regulate, or establish, by appointment, decree, or law; to constitute; to decree; to appoint; to institute.
- transitive v. To set apart for an office; to appoint.
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To set or place in proper order; arrange; prepare; make ready; hence, to construct or constitute with a view to a certain end.
- To set up; establish; institute; appoint: order.
- To dispose or regulate according to will or purpose; prescribe; give orders or directions for; command; enact; decree: used especially of the decrees of Providence or of fate; hence, to destine.
- To set apart for an office; select; appoint.
- To destine, set apart, etc., to a certain spiritual condition, or to the fulfilment of a certain providential purpose: especially in Biblical usage.
- Eccles., to invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions; confer holy orders upon; appoint to or formally introduce into the ministerial office: used especially of admission to the priesthood, as distinguished from making a deacon and consecrating a bishop. See ordination, 2.
- Synonyms To destine, enact, order, prescribe, enjoin. In regard to the making of human laws or the acts of Providence, ordain is the most weighty and solemn word in use: as, the Mayor and Common Council do ordain; “the powers that be are ordained of God,”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. invest with ministerial or priestly authority
- v. appoint to a clerical posts
- v. issue an order
- v. order by virtue of superior authority; decree
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ordinare ("to order"), from ordo ("order"). (Wiktionary)