Definition of ordain
1 : to invest (see 1invest 1) officially (as by the laying on of hands) with ministerial or priestly authority <was ordained as a priest>
2a : to establish or order by appointment, decree, or law : enact <we the people … do ordain and establish this Constitution — U.S. Constitution>b : destine, foreordain <It is futile to try to avoid what destiny has ordained.>
: to issue an order <so the gods have ordained>
ordainmentplay \ȯr-ˈdān-mənt\ noun
Examples of ordain in a sentence
She is an ordained minister.
The process was ordained by law.
Origin and Etymology 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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Definition of ordain for English Language Learners
: to officially make (someone) a minister, priest, rabbi, etc.
: to officially establish or order (something)
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