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Dictionary definition for: Ordain

1. (v) order by virtue of superior authority; decree; "The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews" "the legislature enacted this law in 1985"

2. (v) appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church"

3. (v) invest with ministerial or priestly authority; "The minister was ordained only last month"

4. (v) issue an order

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