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Definition of ordain:

  1. To invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions; to introduce into the office of the Christian ministry, by the laying on of hands, or other forms; to set apart by the ceremony of ordination.
  2. To regulate, or establish, by appointment, decree, or law; to constitute; to decree; to appoint; to institute.
  3. To set apart for an office; to appoint.
  4. To set in order; to arrange according to rule; to regulate; to set; to establish.

Synonyms:

delegate, range, dedicate, ordinate, vow, consecrate, regulate, devote, give, fix, say, foreordain, rank, dictate, intend, lay it on the line, enjoin, impose, over, install, rate, appoint, coordinate, frock, grade, govern, prescribe, predetermine, sanctify, commit, set up, institute, determine, order, enact, reenact, regularize, regularise, act out, put, align, hallow, tell, lay down, arrange, place.

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