destine

verb
des·​tine | \ˈdes-tən \
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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HMD Global has announced the Nokia 106, an affordable feature phone destined for the global market. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The Nokia 106 feature phone has a 1.8-inch screen that’s perfect for Snake," 14 Nov. 2018 In April, unknown attackers used BGP hijacking to redirect traffic destined for Amazon’s Route 53 domain-resolution service. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Strange snafu misroutes domestic US Internet traffic through China Telecom," 6 Nov. 2018 This streak seemed destined to end after the first three quarters of the 2017 Super Bowl. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Where Detroit ranks among longest championship droughts," 8 June 2018 The compact pickup segment seemed destined to vanish earlier in the decade but has come roaring back with all-new or updated offerings from not only Ford but General Motors, Honda, and Toyota. NBC News, "Ford to stop making all passenger cars except the Mustang," 26 Apr. 2018 The result is that many common dieting tips—such as using smaller plates to trick yourself into shoveling in less food and stashing unhealthy snacks in hard-to-reach places—are now on the cutting board and possibly destined for the garbage bin. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Big nutrition research scandal sees 6 more retractions, purging popular diet tips," 20 Sep. 2018 The idea that America was a superpower for 100 years — who’s to say it’s destined to be a superpower for the next 200 years or 100 years or 10 years? Hope Reese, Vox, "Gary Shteyngart on his new book, which explores the self-delusion of Wall Street bankers," 5 Sep. 2018 While the animals enjoy freedom on the box, the small, crisp, sweet crackers themselves are of course still destined for human stomachs or perhaps the crevices of baby strollers. Matthew Haag, The Seattle Times, "In a victory for PETA, animal crackers roam free," 21 Aug. 2018 Mozzarella, cream cheese, garlic cream, chicken, bacon and herbs were destined to be good friends. Anchorage Daily News, "A revamped menu of comfort food at Rustic Goat restaurant," 5 July 2018

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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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