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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  1:  order  by  virtue  of  superior  authority;  decree;  "The  King 
  ordained  the  persecution  and  expulsion  of  the  Jews" 
  [syn:  {enact}] 
  2:  of  clerical  posts;  "he  was  ordained  in  the  Church"  [syn:  {consecrate}, 
  3:  authorize  as  a  rabbi;  "Our  rabbi  was  ordained  in  Spain" 
  4:  invest  with  ministerial  or  priestly  authority;  "The  minister 
  was  ordained  only  last  month" 
  5:  issue  an  order 

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