- 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.
Priests are ordained.
- 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 of ordainMiddle English ordeinen ; from Old French ordener ; from Classical Latin ordinare, to arrange (in Ecclesiastical Late Latin to ordain as a priest) ; from Classical Latin ordo, order
transitive verbor·dained, or·dain·ing, or·dains
- a. To invest with ministerial or priestly authority; confer holy orders on: ordain a priest.b. To authorize as a rabbi.
- To order or decree by virtue of superior authority: The management ordained that business attire should be worn in the office at all times.
- To prearrange unalterably; predestine: events that were ordained by fate.
Origin of ordainMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present ordains, present participle ordaining, simple past and past participle ordained)