ordain

To ordain is to make someone a minister, priest, monk, or other member of the clergy. In the Catholic church, for example, a bishop ordains new priests.

When you say that people have been ordained, you usually mean that they've been invested with special religion-related powers. In many Buddhist traditions, senior monks ordain new monks and, increasingly, female monks (or nuns) as well. Occasionally, this chiefly religious verb is used to mean "officially declare" or "decree" in a secular matter, as when a court ordains desegregation.

Definitions of ordain
  1. verb
    invest with ministerial or priestly authority
    “The minister was ordained only last month”
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    enthrone, invest, vest
    provide with power and authority
  2. verb
    appoint to a clerical posts
    “he was ordained in the Church”
    synonyms: consecrate, order, ordinate
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    type of:
    enthrone, invest, vest
    provide with power and authority
  3. verb
    order by virtue of superior authority; decree
    “The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews”
    synonyms: enact
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    reenact
    enact again
    legislate, pass
    make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation
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    decree
    issue a decree
  4. verb
    issue an order
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    predestine
    decree or determine beforehand
    will
    decree or ordain
    designate, destine, doom, fate
    decree or designate beforehand
    type of:
    decree
    issue a decree
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