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Definition of ordain verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ordain
    he / she / it ordains
    past simple ordained
    -ing form ordaining
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  1. 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
  2. 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.
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