des·​tine | \ ˈde-stən How to pronounce destine (audio) \
destined; destining

Definition of destine

transitive verb

1 : to decree beforehand : predetermine was not destined to attain the throne
2a : to designate, assign, or dedicate in advance believed their son was destined for the priesthood destined to succeed a flaw that destines them to fail
b : to direct, devise, or set apart for a specific purpose or place freight destined for European ports

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his extreme height seemed to destine him for a career in basketball
Recent Examples on the Web Reed's competition was a three-star running back with limited hype and only a small handful of scholarship opportunities, a prospect who until the final stretch of his recruitment seemed destined to play in the Mid-American Conference. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Behind scenes, college football coaches share knowledge with rivals to help recruits find homes," 5 Feb. 2020 But if this dispute is destined to end in court, the next question is which court. al, "The Alabama Democratic Party versus … a whole bunch of people," 6 Dec. 2019 Kiz: With Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa destined to go within the top five of the first round, are either of them suited to succeed in Denver’s offensive system? Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: How many quarterbacks in 2020 draft are better than Drew Lock?," 12 Nov. 2019 Chiesa, 21, shone for Italy at the Under-21 Euros in the summer and, like Kai Havertz is destined for a future move to Bayern, Chiesa is seemingly set for a big-money move to Italy's footballing giant, Juve., "Roberto Mancini's New-Look Italy are Ready to Win Euro 2020," 15 Oct. 2019 This is where the case has long seemed destined to arrive, bringing with it big questions: Will a more conservative Supreme Court break precedent and eliminate the use of race in admissions? Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "Harvard Won This Round, But Affirmative Action Is Weak," 2 Oct. 2019 In 1954, actress and singer Judy Garland starred in what as destined to be her last iconic film role, as Esther Blodgett (aka Vicki Lester) in A Star is Born. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Tragic Final Months of Judy Garland's Life," 29 Sep. 2019 If history is destined to repeat itself, then there's hope that Miley and Liam will end up together again. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Miley Cyrus's Alleged Fights With Liam Hemsworth About His Partying Ways May Have Led to Their Split," 14 Aug. 2019 While Baby Sussex's name was destined to be on the lips of many thanks to his royal lineage, commentators appeared to say it with particular glee. Lucie Zhang, Vogue, "The Best Reactions to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Baby Name," 8 May 2019

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First Known Use of destine

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for destine

Middle English, from Anglo-French destiner, from Latin destinare, from de- + -stinare (akin to Latin stare to stand) — more at stand

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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Destine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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