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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Gibraltar said the oil was destined for Syria’s Baniyas refinery on the Mediterranean coast. Washington Post, "British marines seize tanker suspected of carrying Iranian oil bound for Syria," 4 July 2019 Gibraltar said Grace 1 was destined for the Baniyas refinery, which is owned by the Syrian government and is subject to both U.S. and EU sanctions. Time, "British Marines Seize Supertanker Carrying Iranian Oil to Syria, Causing Diplomatic Row," 4 July 2019 Restoring clothing is what the third-generation owner of Uneeda Dry Cleaners in Houma, La. was destined to do. Fox News, "Louisiana dry cleaner helps military museum unravel history," 28 June 2019 According to Luke, the woman who is destined to his wife would next trespass against him in such a way. Ariana Romero,, "The Bachelorette Started Planting The Luke Slut-Shaming Seeds This Week," 25 June 2019 Kevin Cullen Blanca Martinez was born in Honduras and from an early age was destined to leave it. Kevin Cullen,, "She fled from Honduras to Salem, finding peace and safety — but the threat of deportation looms," 24 June 2019 The measure, which was originally destined for the November 2017 ballot, was sidetracked by legal challenges until a district judge gave the measure the go-ahead late last year. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Opponents pour money into effort to curb growth in Lakewood," 16 June 2019 Both Davis and James must be delighted that Kyle Kuzma, rumored to be part of a Davis deal, remains with the club as a player many feel is destined for stardom. Bruce Jenkins,, "Lakers get Anthony Davis, and it’s a new day in the West," 15 June 2019 Mix Casual and Formal Elements This dining room by Redmond Aldrich Design is destined for some very lit dinner parties. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Under-$10 Trend That Looks Expensive," 4 Apr. 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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