Definition of ordain in English:
1Make (someone) a priest or minister; confer holy orders on.
- While in Golden, he was ordained an Episcopal minister and later served residents in Colorado's mining camps during his scientific excursions.
- He was ordained a minister two years ago and is pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York, which has more than 400 members.
- He was finally ordained as a Presbyterian minister after moving to Utica, New York, in 1822 to become principal of a school.
2Order or decree (something) officially: equal punishment was ordained for the two crimes
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- It struck me that many West Virginians delighted in telling stories of what happened to their lives the moment the court ordained desegregation.
- She had run from the devastation she had caused and from her brethren, who pursued her to bring her to justice ordained by the council.
- Apparently, it was ordained that two brothers could not be so close, and Paddy was transferred.
2.1(Especially of God or fate) prescribe; determine (something): the path ordained by God
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- It is not ordained by God or determined by Nature.
- Surrender, compromise with the regime, or a cease-fire means abandoning the path ordained by God and signifies an abrogation of the faith.
- In any event, traditionalist liberals are just as able to claim that their faith is directly ordained by God, rather than simply a matter of human interpretation, as are reactionaries.
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- There was not only a freedom of religion but also freedom to practice a religion in any manner, without compulsion and decree or ordainment.
- In North America, in the absence of official ordainment, religious leaders connected with different Islamic centers often use the title to indicate their religious standing in the community.
- More serious than unethical conversion is unethical ordainment.
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