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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Examples of destine in a Sentence

his extreme height seemed to destine him for a career in basketball

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Tubman, a 19th-century abolitionist leader, was destined to take the lofty position from the nation’s seventh president, a slaveholder. Hamza Shaban, Washington Post, "Harriet Tubman $20 bill redesign was underway before Trump administration delay, report says," 14 June 2019 Tubman, a 19th-century abolitionist leader, was destined to take the lofty position from the nation’s seventh president, a slaveholder. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: $20 redesign was underway well before the delay," 14 June 2019 Many packages are destined for urban areas, where factors like toll roads, congestion, and getting into apartment complexes can make shipments more expensive. Alex Davies, WIRED, "This Startup Wants to Remake the Last Mile of Parcel Delivery," 6 June 2019 From the start, Justin was destined to be super successful. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber's Net Worth Is Already Crazy and He's Only 24," 30 May 2019 Like many a series finale, especially on this network, this one is destined to be argued about for a while–at least until the nerds refocus their attention on David Benioff and D. B. Weiss's take on Star Wars. Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, "Even Classicists Hated the Game of Thrones Finale," 20 May 2019 According to a local Baton Rouge, Louisiana news report, the bomber is destined for the 307th Bomb Wing, an Air Force Reserve unit that flies both the B-1B and B-52 bombers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Resurrects Another B-52 From the Boneyard," 15 May 2019 From Vegetables Growing up in Mexico with a grandfather who was a medicine man and a mother who turned plants into makeup, Ere Perez was destined to start a holistic beauty line. Megan Mcintyre, Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "11 New Innovations in Sustainable Beauty from Around the Globe," 18 Apr. 2019 The recording—made public by a parliamentary committee along with additional text messages and written testimony—is destined to keep at the forefront a political scandal that is weighing heavily on the incumbent Liberal government. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Recording Shows Trudeau Aide Was Warned About Risks of Interfering in Case," 29 Mar. 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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