Ordain meaning

ôr-dān
To command; decree.
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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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To order or decree by virtue of superior authority.

The management ordained that business attire should be worn in the office at all times.

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To put in order; arrange; prepare.
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To invest with the functions or office of a minister, priest, or rabbi.
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To admit into the ministry of a religion, for example as a priest, bishop, minister or Buddhist monk.
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To prearrange unalterably; predestine.

Events that were ordained by fate.

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Origin of ordain

  • Middle English ordeinen from Old French ordener ordein- from Latin ōrdināre to organize, appoint to office from ōrdō ōrdin- order ar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ordinare (“to order"), from ordo (“order").

    From Wiktionary