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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Ordain \Or*dain"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ordained; p. pr. & vb.
n. Ordaining.] [OE. ordeinen, OF. ordener, F. ordonner, fr.
L. ordinare, from ordo, ordinis, order. See Order, and cf.
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.
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.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: fixed or established especially by order or command; "at
the time appointed (or the appointed time") [syn:
appointed, decreed, ordained, prescribed]
2: invested with ministerial or priestly functions; "an ordained
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