Share this entry

ordain
American English: /ɔrˈdeɪn/
British English: /ɔːˈdeɪn/

Translation of ordain in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (Religion) to ordain a priest/minister
    ordenar a un sacerdote/pastor
    he was ordained in 1957
    se ordenó en 1957
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 2.1 (decree) [formal]to ordain that
    decretar que followed by subjunctive
    2.2 (predestine)
    Example sentences
    • 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.

Definition of ordain in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score:
    Word of the day whippersnapper
    Pronunciation: ˈwɪpəsnapə
    noun
    a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...
    Cultural fact of the day

    ESO (Educación Secundaria Obligatoria) is one of the stages of secondary education established in Spain by the LOE - Ley Orgánica de Educación (2006). It begins at twelve years of age and ends at sixteen, the age at which compulsory education ends. The old division between a technical and an academic education is not as marked in ESO, as all secondary pupils receive basic professional training.