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foreordain

verb

  1. (theology)  to foreordain by divine will or decree
    Synonyms: predestinate, predestine. Topic: theology. Type of: predetermine
  2. (pre-ordain)  to foreordain or determine beforehand
    Synonyms: pre-ordain, predestine, preordain. Type of: predetermine

Etymology summary

fore- + ordain.
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

foreordain [transitive] | foreordainment [derived]

to determine (events, results, etc) in the future (8 of 267 words, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

foreordain | predestine [synonym] | doom [synonym] | fate [synonym] | foredoom [synonym] | destine [synonym] | ordain [synonym] | predetermine [synonym] | preordain [synonym]

to dispose or appoint in advance; "predestine" (7 of 77 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

foreordain | foreordination [derived]

(of God or fate) appoint or decree (something) beforehand (9 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/foreordain

Wiktionary:

foreordain [transitive] | foreordained [past tense] | foreordaining [present participle] | foreordains [3rd-person singular present]

To predestine or preordain. (4 of 21 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

foreordain | foreordained [past tense] | foreordaining [present participle] | foreordains [3rd-person singular present] | foreordainment [noun, related] | foreordination [noun, related]

To determine or appoint beforehand; predestine. (6 of 18 words, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

foreordain | foreordinate | foreordinated [past tense] | foreordinating [present participle]

to ordain or appoint beforehand. | to predestine; predetermine. (8 of 16 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/foreordain

New World Dictionary:

foreordain | foreordination [noun, related]

to ordain beforehand; predestine (4 of 12 words, pronunciations)

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Encarta Dictionary:

foreordain | foreordained [past tense] | foreordaining [present participle] | foreordains [3rd-person singular present] | foreordainment [noun, derived] | foreordination [noun, derived]

to arrange or determine an event in advance of its happening (11 of 46 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861612952​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

foreordain [transitive] | foreordained [past tense] | foreordaining [present participle] | foreordains [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: fore- + ordain.

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fore-

Origin: Middle English, from Old English fōre-, from Proto-Germanic *fura-, *furai- ("before, in front of, for"), from Proto-Indo-European *per-, *pr- ("before, formerly; through, throughout"). Akin to Old Saxon and Old... (29 of 38 etymology words)

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ordain | ordained [past tense] | ordaining [present participle] | ordains [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ordinare ("to order"), from ordo ("order").

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

foreordain [transitive]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "foreordain"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "foreordain"

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the Free Dictionary:

foreordain

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "foreordain"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "foreordain"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "foreordain" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

foreordain | foreordained [past tense] | foreordaining [present participle] | foreordains [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "foreordain"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

foreordain

Audio: North American pronunciation of "foreordain"

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YourDictionary Audio:

foreordain

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "foreordain" by speech synthesizer

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