ordain

verb or·dain \ ȯr-ˈdān \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of ordain

transitive verb
1 : to invest (see 1invest 1) officially (as by the laying on of hands) with ministerial or priestly authority
  • was ordained as a priest
2 a : 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.
intransitive verb
: to issue an order
  • so the gods have ordained

ordainer

noun

ordainment

play \ȯr-ˈdān-mənt\ noun

Examples of ordain in a Sentence

  1. She is an ordained minister.

  2. The process was ordained by law.

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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

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ORDAIN Defined for English Language Learners

ordain

verb

Definition of ordain for English Language Learners

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

  • : to officially establish or order (something)


ORDAIN Defined for Kids

ordain

verb or·dain \ ȯr-ˈdān \

Definition of ordain for Students

ordained; ordaining
1 : 2decree
  • It was ordained by law.
2 : to make a person a Christian minister or priest by a special ceremony


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