how to pronounce ordain


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ordain is pronounced in two syllables

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meanings of ordain


  1. To predestine.
  2. To admit into the ministry of a religion, for example as a priest, bishop, minister or Buddhist monk, or to authorize as a rabbi.
  3. To decree.
  4. To prearrange unalterably.

ordain frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word ordain occurs in english on average 0.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics ordain can be related to

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1) people, society, and culture;

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