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destine

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verb des·tine \ˈdes-tən\

Definition of destine

des·tineddes·tin·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to decree beforehand :  predetermine

  3. 2 a :  to designate, assign, or dedicate in advance <the younger son was destined for the priesthood> <a trait that destines them to failure> b :  to direct, devise, or set apart for a specific purpose or place <freight destined for European ports>



Examples of destine

  1. <his extreme height seemed to destine him for a career in basketball>



Origin of destine

Middle English, from Anglo-French destiner, from Latin destinare, from de- + -stinare (akin to Latin stare to stand) — more at stand


First Known Use: 14th century

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