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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The world's largest carrier is also boosting summer service to other Europe destinations. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "American Airlines adding first flights to Africa, Poland, returning to Tel Aviv," 8 Aug. 2019 As a result, mountaineering, at least in part, helped transform Switzerland’s mountain regions from impoverished rural backwaters to prime tourist destinations. Mark Jenkins, National Geographic, "How the pursuit of one European peak gave rise to modern mountaineering," 1 Aug. 2019 The vehicle is currently being developed at SpaceX to take cargo and humans to deep space destinations. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA to help SpaceX, Blue Origin, and more develop technologies for Moon and Mars travel," 30 July 2019 Last year, Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner carried more than 44,000 passengers to destinations between San Luis Obispo and San Diego during the five days of Comi-Con, a 40 percent increase in average daily passengers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Del Mar is weak link in San Diego’s coastal railroad," 28 July 2019 Humans were shipped in trains like cattle to destinations unknown to them as part of one of the worst tragedies ever chronicled, many executed upon arrival in gas chambers effectively used as tools of mass murder. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "The Largest U.S. Exhibit Ever About the Holocaust Opens in Downtown Manhattan," 27 July 2019 In recent months, Frontier — a carrier whose fares can range from around $30 to a few hundred dollars, based on current flights listed to take off from Bradley — has added nonstop service to several destinations from the Windsor Locks airport. Shannon Larson,, "In November, Frontier Airlines will add direct flights from Bradley Airport to Miami during the winter months," 23 July 2019 Family and career obligations likely used to limit your vacations to two short weeks a year, but now time is on your side for month-long cruises, lingering road trips and journeys to far-flung destinations. Joni Sweet,, "4 tips for jet-setting seniors who want to travel during their golden years," 10 July 2019 This new episode explores how the moon could provide an abundance of rare metals and hydrogen fuel, as well as provide a useful way station for human missions to more distant destinations such as Mars. Ed Stockly,, "What's on TV Wednesday: 'Snowfall' on FX," 9 July 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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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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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