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"ordain" in British English

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ordainverb

uk   /ɔːˈdeɪn/  us   /ɔːr-/
  • ordain verb (CHURCH)

[T often passive] to ​officially make someone a ​priest or other ​religiousleader, in a ​religiousceremony: 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 ​strongsupport here for the ​tougheconomicreforms ordained in the ​federalcapital, Prague. [+ that] humorous I don't ​know who came up with the ​idea, but the ​citycouncil has ordained that all the ​locallibraries will ​close on Mondays.
(Definition of ordain from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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ordainverb [T]

 us   /ɔrˈdeɪn/
to make someone ​officially a ​priest, ​minister, or ​rabbi in a ​religiousceremony
(Definition of ordain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “ordain”
in Spanish ordenar…
in Vietnamese phong chức (tôn giáo)…
in Malaysian mentahbiskan…
in Thai บวชพระ…
in French ordonner…
in German ordinieren…
in Chinese (Simplified) 教堂, 授予(某人)圣职…
in Turkish kilise görevlisi/papaz olarak atamak/atanmak…
in Russian посвящать в духовный сан…
in Indonesian menahbiskan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 教堂, 授予(某人)聖職…
in Polish wyświęcić…
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