verb (used with object)
to invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions; confer holy orders upon.
to enact or establish by law, edict, etc.: to ordain a new type of government.
to decree; give orders for: He ordained that the restrictions were to be lifted.
(of God, fate, etc.) to destine or predestine: Fate had ordained the meeting.
verb (used without object)
to order or command: Thus do the gods ordain.
to select for or appoint to an office.
to invest someone with sacerdotal functions.

1250–1300; Middle English ordeinen < Old French ordener < Latin ordināre to order, arrange, appoint. See ordination

ordainable, adjective
ordainer, noun
ordainment, noun
reordain, verb (used with object)
self-ordained, adjective
self-ordainer, noun
superordain, verb (used without object)
unordainable, adjective
unordained, adjective

3. order, prescribe, determine. 4. predetermine.
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ordain (ɔːˈdeɪn)
1.  to consecrate (someone) as a priest; confer holy orders upon
2.  (may take a clause as object) to decree, appoint, or predestine irrevocably
3.  (may take a clause as object) to order, establish, or enact with authority
4.  obsolete to select for an office
[C13: from Anglo-Norman ordeiner, from Late Latin ordināre, from Latin ordoorder]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "to appoint or admit to the ministry of the Church," from stem of O.Fr. ordener, from L. ordinare "put in order, arrange, dispose, appoint," from ordo (gen. ordinis) "order." The notion is "to confer holy orders upon" (see order). Meaning "to decree, enact" is from
c.1300; sense of "to set (something) that will continue in a certain order" is from early 14c.
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Example sentences
It is announced in their name--it receives its political existence from their authority: they ordain and establish.
He persisted to refuse to ordain bishops, named by the king, without a canonical election.
Within other denominations certain bishops or church leaders are well known to be sympathetic to gays and willing to ordain them.
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