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ordain

verb uk   /ɔːˈdeɪn/ us    /ɔːr-/

ordain verb (CHURCH)

[T often passive] to officially make someone a priest or other religious leader, in a religious ceremony: He was ordained (as) a priest in Ely cathedral in 1987.

ordain verb (ORDER)

[T] formal (of God or someone in authority) to order something to happen: There is strong support here for the tough economic reforms ordained in the federal capital, Prague. [+ that] humorous The council, in its wisdom, has ordained that all the local libraries will close on Mondays.
Translations of “ordain”
in Spanish ordenar…
in French ordonner…
in German ordinieren…
in Chinese (Traditional) 教堂, 授予(某人)聖職…
in Russian посвящать в духовный сан…
in Turkish kilise görevlisi/papaz olarak atamak/atanmak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 教堂, 授予(某人)圣职…
in Polish wyświęcić…
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