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ordinate (adj.)

late 14c., "regular, normal," of behavior, thoughts, etc., "properly directed, proper," from Latin ordinatus, past participle of ordinare "arrange, set in order," from ordo (genitive ordinis) "row, rank, series, arrangement" (see order (n.)). Related: Ordinately.

ordinate (v.)

1560s, "ordain, appoint authoritatively" (a sense now obsolete); 1590s, "direct, dispose," from Latin ordinatus, past participle of ordinare "arrange, set in order," from ordo (genitive ordinis) "row, rank, series, arrangement" (see order (n.)). Related: Ordinated; ordinating.

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Definitions of ordinate
1
ordinate (v.)
appoint to a clerical posts;
Synonyms: ordain / consecrate / order
ordinate (v.)
bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable coordination correlation;
ordinate similar parts
Synonyms: align / coordinate
2
ordinate (n.)
the value of a coordinate on the vertical axis;
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