Pronunciation: (ôr-dān'), [key]
1. to invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions; confer holy orders upon.
2. to enact or establish by law, edict, etc.: to ordain a new type of government.
3. to decree; give orders for: He ordained that the restrictions were to be lifted.
4. (of God, fate, etc.) to destine or predestine: Fate had ordained the meeting.
1. to order or command: Thus do the gods ordain.
2. to select for or appoint to an office.
3. to invest someone with sacerdotal functions.
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