Definition of ordain verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    ordain

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɔːˈdeɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɔːrˈdeɪn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ordain
    BrE BrE//ɔːˈdeɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɔːrˈdeɪn//
     
    he / she / it ordains
    BrE BrE//ɔːˈdeɪnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɔːrˈdeɪnz//
     
    past simple ordained
    BrE BrE//ɔːˈdeɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɔːrˈdeɪnd//
     
    past participle ordained
    BrE BrE//ɔːˈdeɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɔːrˈdeɪnd//
     
    -ing form ordaining
    BrE BrE//ɔːˈdeɪnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɔːrˈdeɪnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1ordain somebody (as something) | ordain somebody + noun to make somebody 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. It was ordained that the property should be returned to the original owner. You should keep to the law as ordained by God.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (also in the sense ‘put in order’): from Anglo-Norman French ordeiner, from Latin ordinare, from ordo, ordin- ‘row, series, rank’.
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