[fawr-awr-deyn, fohr-] /ˌfɔr ɔrˈdeɪn, ˌfoʊr-/

verb (used with object)
to ordain or appoint beforehand.
to predestine; predetermine.
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to determine (events, results, etc) in the future

early 15c., for-ordenede; see fore- + ordain (v.). A hybrid word. Related: Foreordain.


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