• WordNet 3.6
    • v ordain issue an order
    • v ordain appoint to a clerical posts "he was ordained in the Church"
    • v ordain invest with ministerial or priestly authority "The minister was ordained only last month"
    • v ordain order by virtue of superior authority; decree "The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews","the legislature enacted this law in 1985"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1963, Mister Rogers was ordained as a Presbyterian minister
    • Ordain (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."
    • Ordain 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.""And doth the power that man adores ordain Their doom ?"
    • Ordain To set apart for an office; to appoint. "Being ordained his special governor."
    • Ordain 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister
    • ordain To set or place in proper order; arrange; prepare; make ready; hence, to construct or constitute with a view to a certain end.
    • ordain To set up; establish; institute; appoint: order.
    • ordain 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.
    • ordain To set apart for an office; select; appoint.
    • ordain To destine, set apart, etc., to a certain spiritual condition, or to the fulfilment of a certain providential purpose: especially in Biblical usage.
    • ordain 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.
    • ordain 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,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hugh "Ward Cleaver" Beaumont was an ordained minister.
    • v.t Ordain or-dān′ to put in order: to appoint: to dispose or regulate: to set apart for an office: to invest with ministerial functions
    • n Ordain a number noting order or place among others: a body of regulations, a book containing forms and rules for ordination
    • n Ordain one who ordains, as a bishop—opp. to Or′dinand, or one who is to be ordained
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  • Georges Bernanos
    “God ordains that beggars should beg for greatness, as for all else, when greatness shines out of them, and they don't know it.”
  • Terence
    “How unfair the fate which ordains that those who have the least should be always adding to the treasury of the wealthy.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live.”
  • Rudyard Kipling
    “God gives all men all earth to love, but since man's heart is small, ordains for each one spot shall prove belov?d over all.”
  • Suzanne Lafollette
    Suzanne Lafollette
    “There is nothing more innately human than the tendency to transmute what has become customary into what has been divinely ordained.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ordeinen, OF. ordener, F. ordonner, fr. L. ordinare, from ordo, ordinis, order. See Order, and cf. Ordinance


In literature:

I am an ordained Mother of the Order of Saint Gilbert.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
I was ordain'd thy minstrel, but alas!
"A Lover's Litanies" by Eric Mackay
But Adam was ordained to serve God by further procreation.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Who ordained these and a thousand such horrid deeds?
"The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election" by Robert Wallace
We affirm that since slavery has been ordained by him, it cannot be always and everywhere wrong.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Bishops were retained in the monasteries to ordain priests, but they were entirely powerless.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
He was first ordained minister at Cramond, but was afterwards transported to Stirling, where he continued until his death.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
The ministry is ordained to have as its aim the glory of God and its promotion.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Ought I not to be content with everything Paragot should ordain?
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
They do not study theology because they cannot be ordained to preach in any of the leading churches.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various

In poetry:

By him, who to this holy end
Is now ordained,—as by the Son,
Whom thou didst sanctify and send
To save the world,—thy will be done.
"Hymns for Ordination and Installation IV" by John Pierpont
Like hers your bliss is pre-ordained
To see the wounds healed and unstained;
Yea, you shall kiss with her
Where the sharp blade hath left no scar.
"The Promise" by Katharine Tynan
Without the Word, there's no relief,
None can be rescu'd from the grave —
For all means it is the chief,
That Christ ordain'd, our souls to save.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
Christ is the spotless Lamb, ordain'd
The crimes, wherewith the world is stain'd,
To take away — and to assuage,
With his heart's blood, his Father's rage.
"An Exhortation To Give God Thanks For Our Redemption Through Christ" by Rees Prichard
Not a whispering sound, not a glimmer of light,
From that shadowy strand uncertain;
But He who ordained the day and night,
Framed also Death's silent curtain.
"I Think When I Stand In The Presence Of Death." by Alfred Castner King
For me it were enough to be a flower
Knowing its root in thee, the Living, hid,
Ordained to blossom at the appointed hour,
And wake or sleep as thou, my Nature, bid;
"Let Your Light So Shine" by George MacDonald

In news:

California Lutheran University Professor and Theologian , Dr R Guy Erwin, was ordained Wednesday in Thousand Oaks.
Three Episcopal priests to be ordained Catholic.
Baltimore's new archbishop ordains seven new priests on June 9, three of them are recent converts from the Episcopal faith.
Tribune file photo Newly ordained Salt Lake Bishop George H Niederauer, left, is greeted in January 1995 by his predecessor, Bishop William K Weigand, who went on to serve California's Diocese of Sacramento.
If you've got 30 seconds and an Internet connection, you can become an ordained minister online.
Two dozen graduates will be ordained into the priesthood, helping to fill a nationwide shortage.
The City Council of Howard Lake ordains.
Tucson News NowKnisely ordained as 13th Episcopal bishop in RI.
Episcopal Church leaders say the newly ordained bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island is helping to bring the church into the 21st century with the use of social media.
Nicholas Knisely Jr was ordained as the diocese's 13th bishop Saturday.
The newly ordained Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island is helping to bring the church into the 21st century with the use of social media, church officials say.
Archbishop of Wales hopes to ordain 'before very long'.
Murphy Orchards, 2402 McClew Road in Burt , will offer a "Blessing of the Animals," led by newly ordained interfaith minister the Rev.
Muskegon native ordained as Canada 's first deaf Catholic priest.
Local man ordained as a transitional deacon in Catholic church .

In science:

Some of the philosophical spin offs from this were Bohr’s Complementarity/Copenhagen Interpretation, weird mind-body/consciousness effects collapsing the wavefunction, the Many World’s Interpretation or advanced/retarded waves and quantum super-determinism in which events in the pre-ordained future affect the present.
Secure Quantum Communication and Superluminal Signalling on the Bell Channel
They could not ordain that, right? So if I take Vub or even Vcb , our θ13 or θ23 for neutrinos, I don’t see a program yet to measure something of that strength for θ13 .
Round Table Discussion at the Final Session of FPCP 2008: The Future of Flavor Physics and CP
The unobservable nature of spin space is built into the postulates of quantum mechanics, wherein the wavefunction’s ”phase” angle (in complex phasor space) is ordained to be unmeasurable.
Classification of Multivector Theories and the Modification of the Postulates of Physics
Close, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, was an ordained minister in the Church of Ireland. He became a distinguished geologist.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness