ordain

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verb or·dain \ȯr-ˈdān\

Definition of ordain

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to invest (see 1invest 1) officially (as by the laying on of hands) with ministerial or priestly authority <was ordained as a priest>

  3. 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.>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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.

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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ORDAIN Defined for English Language Learners

ordain

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verb or·dain \ȯr-ˈdān\

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

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verb or·dain \ȯr-ˈdān\

Definition of ordain for Students

ordained

ordaining

  1. 1 :  2decree <It was ordained by law.>

  2. 2 :  to make a person a Christian minister or priest by a special ceremony



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