|1.||[ verb ] order by virtue of superior authority; decree|
"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"
|5.||[ verb ] issue an order|
|Related terms:||decree destine will predestine ordinance|