- 1ordain somebody (as something) ordain somebody + noun to make someone a priest, minister, or rabbi He was ordained (as) a priest last year. see also ordination
- 2ordain something ordain that… (formal) (of God, the law, or fate) to order or command something; to decide something in advance Fate had ordained that they would never meet again.
NAmE//ɔrˈdeɪn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ordain
he / she / it ordains
past simple ordained
-ing form ordaining