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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 or·dain /ɔrˈden/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Or·dain v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ordained p. pr. & vb. n. Ordaining.]
 1. To set in order; to arrange according to rule; to regulate; to set; to establish. “Battle well ordained.”
    The stake that shall be ordained on either side.   --Chaucer.
 2. To regulate, or establish, by appointment, decree, or law; to constitute; to decree; to appoint; to institute.
    Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month.   --1 Kings xii. 32.
 And doth the power that man adores ordain
 Their doom ?   --Byron.
 3. To set apart for an office; to appoint.
    Being ordained his special governor.   --Shak.
 4. Eccl. 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.
    Meletius was ordained by Arian bishops.   --Bp. Stillingfleet.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: order by virtue of superior authority; decree; "The King
           ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews";
           "the legislature enacted this law in 1985" [syn: enact]
      2: appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church"
         [syn: consecrate, ordinate, order]
      3: invest with ministerial or priestly authority; "The minister
         was ordained only last month"
      4: issue an order