Ordain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɔːrˈdeɪn|  American pronunciation of the word ordain
Brit.  |ɔːˈdeɪn|  British pronunciation of the word ordain

verb

- order by virtue of superior authority; decree(syn: enact)

The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews

- appoint to a clerical posts(syn: consecrate, order, ordinate)

he was ordained in the Church

- invest with ministerial or priestly authority

The minister was ordained only last month

- issue an order

Examples

She is an ordained minister.

The process was ordained by law.

The emperor ordained that all foreigners be expelled.

Desmond Tutu was ordained in 1960.

The church voted to allow women to be ordained as priests.

The King ordained that deer should not be hunted without a royal licence.

The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews

he was ordained in the Church

The minister was ordained only last month

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: ordain
he/she/it: ordains
present participle: ordaining
past tense: ordained
past participle: ordained
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