What does the word ordain mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To order; decree.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Ordainer.

Usage examples for ordain

  1. If the law dealt with other contracts as it does with marriage, it would ordain that one partner should administer the common business as if it was his private concern; that the others should have only delegated powers; and that this one should be designated by some general presumption of law, for example as being the eldest. – The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill
  2. With the arrogance and self- sufficiency of the King who could do no wrong, governments ordain, judge, condemn, and punish the most insignificant offenses, while maintaining themselves by the greatest of all offenses, the annihilation of individual liberty. – Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman
  3. If therefore you succeed in passing my examination early in November, I am willing to ordain you on December 18. It will be necessary of course for you to obtain a title, and I have just heard from Mr. Shuter, the Vicar of St. Luke's, Galton, that he is anxious to make arrangements for a curate. – The Altar Steps by Compton MacKenzie