des·​ti·​na·​tion | \ ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce destination (audio) \

Definition of destination

1 : the purpose for which something is predetermined or destined
2 : an act of appointing, setting aside for a purpose, or predetermining
3 : a place to which one is journeying or to which something is sent when the package has reached its destination kept their destination secret
4 : a place worthy of travel or an extended visit a popular tourist destination often used attributivelya destination restauranta destination resort

Examples of destination in a Sentence

After stopping for lunch, we continued on toward our destination. The package reached its destination two days later. He enjoys traveling to remote and exotic destinations. We traveled through three states before reaching our final destination.
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Recent Examples on the Web When Greenland becomes a new summer surfing destination, will reindeer-moss daiquiris become the local beach drink? Washington Post, "Embrace the best of winter with these warm cocktails (whatever the temperature outside may be)," 8 Feb. 2020 For the price of a subway ride, a wheelchair accessible van would pick me up at my apartment and drop me at my destination anywhere within the city’s five boroughs. Claire Perlman, ProPublica, "Paratransit Services in New York City Are Severely Limited and Unpredictable. They Still Cost $614 Million a Year.," 6 Feb. 2020 The statement confirms that all passengers will be screened before and after takeoff from Wuhan by medical officials and again upon landing at their destinations. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "CDC prepares sites for three planes returning from coronavirus epicenter," 5 Feb. 2020 Many impactful transfer decisions have also been announced as players want to be on campus at their new destinations. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "How Ohio State football’s 2020 schedule looks after NFL Draft and transfer turnover," 23 Jan. 2020 Here are 5 new nightlife destinations to try soon Two new spots, Josephine and Dvina Modern Fare, opened recently, and more new restaurant openings are on the horizon. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Here are 5 new restaurants to try on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix soon," 23 Jan. 2020 That move caused a ripple effect through global supply chains, as middlemen sought new destinations for their trash, including Malaysia. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Malaysia has sent back tons of plastic waste to rich countries, saying it won't be their 'garbage dump'," 20 Jan. 2020 This holiday season there is a new destination for outdoor winter fun for the entire family. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Want to go ice skating over the holiday break? What to know about Paristown's Fête de Noël," 20 Dec. 2019 Over the past two and a half years, the carrier has added 28 new international routes and brand new 10 destinations, Quayle said—including Curacao in the Caribbean, which the airline began serving last week. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "United Airlines Just Launched the U.S.'s Only Nonstop to Cape Town," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of destination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for destination

see destine

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The first known use of destination was in the 14th century

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11 Feb 2020

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“Destination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of destination

: a place to which a person is going or something is being sent


des·​ti·​na·​tion | \ ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce destination (audio) \

Kids Definition of destination

: a place to which a person is going or something is sent

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