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preordain

[ pree-awr-deyn ]
/ ˌpri ɔrˈdeɪn /
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verb (used with object)

to ordain beforehand; foreordain.

RELATED WORDS

predetermine, foretell, bless, doom, foreordain, predestine

Nearby words

preoccupy, preop, preoperative, preoperatively, preoral, preordain, preordained, preosteoblast, preowned, preoxygenation, prep

Origin of preordain

First recorded in 1525–35; pre- + ordain
Related formspre·or·di·na·tion [pree-awr-dn-ey-shuh n] /ˌpri ɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən/, nounun·pre·or·dained, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for preordain

preordain

/ (ˌpriːɔːˈdeɪn) /

verb

(tr) to ordain, decree, or appoint beforehand
Derived Formspreordination (ˌpriːɔːdɪˈneɪʃən), noun
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Word Origin and History for preordain

preordain


v.

1530s, from pre- + ordain (q.v.). Related: Preordained; preordaining.

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