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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This is destined to join a long list of historical wrestling moments and where better to hold it than at Madison Square Garden. Aaron Oster,, "Ring of Honor, New Japan Pro-Wrestling set for Madison Square Garden show in 2019," 13 July 2018 In sheer size, that’s twice as big as Vermont. Colorado’s North Fork Valley is now destined to become part of that statistic. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 In addition, a large community room is destined for community groups to gather for educational or social meetings even after business hours, as the area has separate access. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "New county health center in Zion designed to meet 'the unmet needs of patients'," 9 July 2018 Finley, an inspiring but funny leader who drives Terri and Terry to share his attitude, becomes destined to cross paths with Adara midway through their journeys. Danny Atkinson, Courant Community, "Epoch Arts Opens Summer Season," 2 July 2018 Toy Story Land is destined to make Walt Disney World visitors strike a pose. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney: Toy Story Land is selfie territory," 28 June 2018 The highest-scoring NFL team ever to that point, the Vikings of Dennis Green, Randall Cunningham, Cris Carter and jaw-dropping rookie Randy Moss seemed destined to make history. Conor Orr,, "The Greatest Team Never to Make It: An Oral History of the 1998 Vikings," 27 June 2018 Chris is destined to become a fan-favorite right up there with Chloe and Max. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit has me so excited for Life is Strange 2," 26 June 2018 Lightning cables that won't fall apart For whatever reason, the lightning cable that comes with your iPhone is destined to fall apart. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best deals on Amazon right now," 21 June 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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