Definition of ordain
- was ordained as a priest
- so the gods have ordained
She is an ordained minister.
The process was ordained by law.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to officially make (someone) a minister, priest, rabbi, etc.
: to officially establish or order (something)
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