destine

verb des·tine \ ˈdes-tən \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of destine

destined; destining
transitive verb
1 : to decree beforehand : predetermine
  • was not destined to attain the throne
2 a : 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

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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




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