Ordain Definition

ordained, ordains
ordained, ordains
To put in order; arrange; prepare.
Webster's New World
To command; decree.
Webster's New World
To authorize as a rabbi.
American Heritage
To decree; order; establish; enact.
Webster's New World
To invest with the functions or office of a minister, priest, or rabbi.
Webster's New World

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

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