Definition of “ordain” - English Dictionary

“ordain” in British English

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ordainverb

uk /ɔːˈdeɪn/ us /ɔːrˈdeɪn/

ordain verb (CHURCH)

[ T often passive ] to officially make someone a priest or other religious leader, in a religious ceremony:

He was ordained (as) a priest in Ely cathedral in 1987.

ordain verb (ORDER)

[ T ] formal (of God or someone in authority) to order something to happen:

There is strong support here for the tough economic reforms ordained in the federal capital, Prague.
[ + that ] humorous I don't know who came up with the idea, but the city council has ordained that all the local libraries will close on Mondays.

(Definition of “ordain” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“ordain” in American English

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ordainverb [ T ]

us /ɔrˈdeɪn/

to make someone officially a priest, minister, or rabbi in a religious ceremony

(Definition of “ordain” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)