Ordain

Definition of Ordain

Or`dain´
v. t.1.To set in order; to arrange according to rule; to regulate; to set; to establish.
[imp. & p. p. Ordained ; p. pr. & vb. n. Ordaining.]
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.

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