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ordain

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of ordain

  1. 1 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 Synonyms doom, fate, foredoom, foreordain, destine, predestine, predetermine, preordainRelated Words predestinate; augur, forecast, foretell, predict, presage, prognosticate, prophesy; preconceive, prejudge; condemn, sentence; bode, forebode (also forbode), portend; anticipate, divine, foreknow, foresee

  2. 2 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 Synonyms call, decree, dictate, direct, mandate, command, orderRelated Words ask, petition, request; demand, requireNear Antonyms cancel, countermand, rescind

  3. 3 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 Synonyms constitute, lay down, legislate, make, enact, passRelated Words reenact, repass; bring about, effect; allow, authorize, permit, sanction; decree, dictate, proclaim; administer, execute; approve, confirm, ratifyNear Antonyms abolish, abrogate, annul, cancel, invalidate, kill, nullify; overturn, reverse, voidAntonyms repeal, rescind, revoke


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