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

v invest with ministerial or priestly authority

“The minister was ordained only last month”
Type of:
enthrone, invest, vest
provide with power and authority

v appoint to a clerical posts

“he was ordained in the Church”
Synonyms:
consecrate, order, ordinate
Type of:
enthrone, invest, vest
provide with power and authority

v order by virtue of superior authority; decree

“The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews”
Synonyms:
enact
Types:
reenact
enact again
legislate, pass
make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation
Type of:
decree
issue a decree

v issue an order

Types:
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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