An example of to ordain is to make someone a priest.
An example of to ordain is to implement a new holy order.
The management ordained that business attire should be worn in the office at all times.
Events that were ordained by fate.
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