des·ti·na·tion | \ˌdes-tə-ˈnā-shən \

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.
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Kansas State refused to release Sutton from his athletic scholarship in May 2017 even though Sutton’s list of 35 potential transfer destinations didn’t include Big 12schools or teams on future K-State schedules. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Gary Patterson rips into new NCAA rule. ‘That’s stupid.’," 13 July 2018 Cyclists 4 Community began as a fundraising enterprise to help the victims of the 2013 floods that devastated the towns of Jamestown and Lyons, popular destinations with area cyclists. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Troubling Rise of the Ghost Bike," 9 July 2018 Dianne Benson, a maverick 1980s retailer, can take some credit for establishing Soho as a fashion destination. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Dianne Benson, A Maverick Retailer in 1980s New York, Talks Fashion, Art, and Collaborators Like David Wojnarowicz and Cindy Sherman," 13 July 2018 Trump himself has seemed to promote North Korea as a potential tourist destination, at least once the whole threat of nuclear catastrophe is erased. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Sheldon Adelson Is Fantasizing About Building Casinos in North Korea," 11 July 2018 Reports had claimed Watford as the most likely destination for Muslera, but all has changed at Vicarage Road since, with the Hornets signing goalkeepers Ben Foster and 19-year-old Pontus Dahlberg., "Uruguay Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera Could Be Set for Premier League Move Despite Watford Setback," 10 July 2018 Orlando ranks as the most affordable U.S. vacation destination for a family of four, and Fort Lauderdale is third, according to SmartAsset. Gretchen Day-bryant,, "Orlando, Fort Lauderdale rank as affordable vacation destinations," 9 July 2018 Eighteen photographs from the mid-19th century show Pompeii as destination. Mark Feeney,, "At Yale: on the threshold and under the volcano," 6 July 2018 Well, not so much the trip as the destination: Slinger Speedway and the Slinger Nationals. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'To be the best, you’ve got to race against the best and race all over the country'," 5 July 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of destination

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

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