1. [ verb ] order by virtue of superior authority; decree
Synonyms: enact

"The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews" "the legislature enacted this law in 1985"

Related terms: decree legislate reenact enactment
2. [ verb ] (government) of clerical posts
Synonyms: order ordinate consecrate

"he was ordained in the Church"

Related terms: invest club ordainer ordination
3. [ verb ] (government) authorize as a rabbi

"Our rabbi was ordained in Spain"

Related terms: invest ordainer
4. [ verb ] (government) invest with ministerial or priestly authority

"The minister was ordained only last month"

Related terms: invest
5. [ verb ] issue an order
Related terms: decree destine will predestine ordinance
Similar spelling:   ordainer