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

transitive verb

: to decree beforehand : predetermine
was not destined to attain the throne
: 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
: to direct, devise, or set apart for a specific purpose or place
freight destined for European ports

Examples of destine in a Sentence

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


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of destine was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Destine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


des·​tine ˈdes-tən How to pronounce destine (audio)
destined; destining
: to settle in advance
a plan destined to fail
: to choose, assign, or dedicate in advance
destined their child for the study of law
: to be bound or directed
a ship destined for New York

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