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 attributively a 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.
Recent Examples on the Web While Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum have left to pursue their own show, Project Runway remains the original destination for aspiring designers. Amy Mackelden, ELLE, 30 Apr. 2022 For this family hurtling forward to parts unknown, the final destination is a farewell. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 29 Apr. 2022 Playing a different position won’t prevent Deese Jr. from reaching the same destination as his dad, a longtime 49ers offensive lineman who started at right guard on the franchise’s last Super-Bowl-winning team. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Apr. 2022 The return loop will pass through Linwood and Mount Adams before the final destination on Mehring Way near Smale Riverfront Park. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 26 Apr. 2022 This includes the net-zero boat that will shuttle guests sans emissions to and from the remote destination. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2022 Nigeria positioned itself as the top VC destination by value in 2021 followed by South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, Ghana, and Algeria. Tom Collins, Quartz, 25 Apr. 2022 But it’s there, nonetheless. Wilma and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week How the man who brought Elvis to Phoenix shook up local country radio Palma is the newest downtown brunch destination Stressed at Sky Harbor? Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 The resort destination has attracted luxury seasonal pop-ups. Roxanne Robinson, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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6 May 2022

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“Destination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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