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ordain

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verb or·dain \ȯr-ˈdān\

Simple Definition of ordain

  • : to officially make (someone) a minister, priest, rabbi, etc.

  • : to officially establish or order (something)

Full Definition of ordain

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to invest officially (as by the laying on of hands) with ministerial or priestly authority

  3. 2 a :  to establish or order by appointment, decree, or law :  enact <we the people … do ordain and establish this Constitution — United States Constitution> b :  destine, foreordain

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to issue an order

or·dain·er noun
or·dain·ment play \-ˈdān-mənt\ noun

Examples of ordain

  1. She is an ordained minister.

  2. The process was ordained by law.



Origin of ordain

Middle English ordeinen, from Anglo-French ordener, ordeiner, from Late Latin ordinare, from Latin, to put in order, appoint, from ordin-, ordo order


First Known Use: 14th century

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