- Ordain is defined as to give someone religious authority, or to order or decree.
- An example of to ordain is to make someone a priest.
- An example of to ordain is to implement a new holy order.
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- Obsolete to put in order; arrange; prepare
- to decree; order; establish; enact
- to predetermine; predestine
- to invest with the functions or office of a minister, priest, or rabbi
Origin: Middle English ordeinen from Old French ordener from Classical Latin ordinare, to arrange (in LL(Ec), to ordain as a priest) from Classical Latin ordo, order
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transitive verb or·dained, or·dain·ing, or·dains
- a. To invest with ministerial or priestly authority; confer holy orders on.b. To authorize as a rabbi.
- To order by virtue of superior authority; decree or enact.
- To prearrange unalterably; predestine: by fate ordained. See Synonyms at dictate.
Origin: Middle English ordeinen, from Old French ordener, ordein-, from Latin ōrdināre, to organize, appoint to office, from ōrdō, ōrdin-, order; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
- or·dainˈer noun
- or·dainˈment noun