Definition of ORDAIN

to determine the fate of in advance <he is stoic in the face of adversity, bolstered by his faith that everything in life has been ordained by a higher power>
to request the doing of by virtue of one's authority <a new bill that would ordain the funding of public schools through state lottery revenues>
Related Words ask, petition, request; demand, require
Near Antonyms cancel, countermand, rescind
to put into effect through legislative or authoritative action <the founders of the African republic ordained a form of government that was closely modeled on that of the United States>
Antonyms repeal, rescind, revoke

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