destine

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verb des·tine \ˈdes-tən\

Definition of destine

destined

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destining

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to decree beforehand :  predetermine <was not destined to attain the throne>

  3. 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>

Examples of destine in a sentence

  1. <his extreme height seemed to destine him for a career in basketball>

Origin and Etymology of destine

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




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