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.
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Recent Examples on the Web You are meant to experience driving in a car like the LCC rather than race to destination. Nargess Banks, Forbes, "Driving The Unique 2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible Sportscar," 9 Apr. 2021 In Austin, Texas, a Honduran woman is waiting for news of her two children, 6 and 9, who were brought to the border in March by a family member but then separated from the adult relative and taken to an unknown destination. New York Times, "‘I Have No Idea Where My Daughter Is’: Migrant Parents Are Desperate for News," 9 Apr. 2021 Whether travelers are in need of a day trip idea or a pit stop on the way to a more far-flung destination, Arkansas has no shortage of unusual museums to check out. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "7 museums off the beaten path in Arkansas," 8 Apr. 2021 But now this crazy journey has taken her team to this destination. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "For Stanford, return to NCAA title game about the destination and the journey," 2 Apr. 2021 These houses or apartments will often hold 50 to 100 people for days to weeks as the smugglers plan out how to transport them to the destination of their choice deeper within the country. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Cartel use of stash houses and tractor-trailers threatens Laredo, Texas," 1 Apr. 2021 Google Maps will also display all of the modes of transportation available to the destination in one place, and will offer users weather and air quality layers in the app. Chris Smith, BGR, "Google finally revived a beloved Maps feature that it killed years ago," 31 Mar. 2021 Google will also boost the visibility of public-transit and biking options in Maps, enabling users to view and compare all transportation options to a destination on one screen, rather than having to toggle between choices. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Google maps to offer "eco-friendly" navigation options," 30 Mar. 2021 All of these homes are either oceanfront, located conveniently close to a beach destination, or have ocean views. Travel + Leisure, "8 Beautiful Beach Houses You Can Rent on Airbnb," 28 Mar. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Destination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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