• (GA) IPA: /ɔɹˈdeɪn/
  • (RP) IPA: /ɔːˈdeɪn/

ordain (ordains, present participle ordaining; past ordained, past participle ordained)

  1. To prearrange unalterably.
    • 1733, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Man. […], epistle I, London: Printed for J[ohn] Wilford, […], OCLC 960856019 ↗, lines 248–251, page 15 ↗:
      What if the Foot, ordain'd the duſt to tread, / Or Hand, to toil, aſpir'd to be the Head? / What if the Head, the Eye, or Ear repin'd / To ſerve mere Engines to the ruling Mind?
  2. To decree.
  3. To admit into the ministry of a religion, for example as a priest, bishop, minister or Buddhist monk, or to authorize as a rabbi.
  4. To predestine.