[ awr-deyn ]
/ ɔrˈdeɪn /
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verb (used with object)
to invest with ministerial, priestly, or rabbinical functions.
to enact or establish by law, edict, etc.: to ordain a new type of government.
to decree; give orders for: He ordained that the restrictions were to be lifted.
(of God, fate, etc.) to destine or predestine: Fate had ordained the meeting.
verb (used without object)
to order or command: Thus do the gods ordain.
to select for or appoint to an office.
to invest someone with sacerdotal functions.
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Origin of ordain
First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English ordeinen, from Old French ordener, from Latin ordināre “to order, arrange, appoint”; see ordination
OTHER WORDS FROM ordain
or·dain·a·ble, adjectiveor·dain·er, nounor·dain·ment, nounre·or·dain, verb (used with object)
self-or·dain·er, nounsu·per·or·dain, verb (used without object)un·or·dain·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ordain
/ (ɔːˈdeɪn) /
to consecrate (someone) as a priest; confer holy orders upon
(may take a clause as object) to decree, appoint, or predestine irrevocably
(may take a clause as object) to order, establish, or enact with authority
obsolete to select for an office
Derived forms of ordainordainer, nounordainment, noun
Word Origin for ordain
C13: from Anglo-Norman ordeiner, from Late Latin ordināre, from Latin ordo order
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