destine


des·tine

verb \ˈdes-tən\
des·tineddes·tin·ing

Definition of DESTINE

transitive verb
1
:  to decree beforehand :  predetermine
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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