Pronunciation: (ôr-dān'),[key] —v.t. 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.
—v.i. 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.