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Verb: ordain  or'deyn
  1. Order by virtue of superior authority; decree
    "The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews";
    - enact
  2. Appoint to a clerical post
    "he was ordained in the Church";
    - consecrate, ordinate, order
  3. Invest with ministerial or priestly authority
    "The minister was ordained only last month"
  4. Issue an order

Derived forms: ordaining, ordained, ordains

Type of: decree, enthrone, invest, vest

Encyclopedia: Ordain, Ordination