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.
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