destiny

noun
des·​ti·​ny | \ ˈdes-tə-nē How to pronounce destiny (audio) \
plural destinies

Definition of destiny

1 : something to which a person or thing is destined : fortune wants to control his own destiny
2 : a predetermined course of events often held to be an irresistible power or agency felt that destiny would determine their future

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fate, destiny, lot, portion, doom mean a predetermined state or end. fate implies an inevitable and usually an adverse outcome. the fate of the submarine is unknown destiny implies something foreordained and often suggests a great or noble course or end. the country's destiny to be a model of liberty to the world lot and portion imply a distribution by fate or destiny, lot suggesting blind chance it was her lot to die childless , portion implying the apportioning of good and evil. remorse was his daily portion doom distinctly implies a grim or calamitous fate. if the rebellion fails, his doom is certain

Examples of destiny in a Sentence

They believed it was their destiny to be together. motivated by a sense of destiny

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Yet her destiny is to produce twin beauties (Louise and Amanda Britto) who are the most special artistes of all. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Great Mystical Circus' ('O Grande Circo Mistico'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 13 May 2018 Anatomy is not destiny in this 75-minute chamber production, which transgresses musical boundaries and challenges old expectations of the genre. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Opera’s ‘As One’ explores inner world of a transgender woman," 9 Feb. 2018 Work with the system, and don't leave your destiny—or your shopping list—to chance. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts for Your Horoscope-Obsessed Friend by Astrological Sign," 13 Dec. 2018 Midge, on the other hand, goes out to forge her own destiny. Marjorie Ingall, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 4 Dec. 2018 Eclipses are linked to our destiny, so when the sky is electrified by the mystical lunation mid-month, don’t be surprised if you're forced to do just that. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Gemini Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 Senegal and Japan both control their destiny after a thrilling 2-2 draw on Sunday. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Thursday: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and ‘CMT Crossroads’," 28 June 2018 Eclipses are linked to destiny, so changes over the past two years have helped illuminate your karmic path. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Aquarius Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 The publisher just needs to show where its new destiny lies. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Activision’s Date With Destiny," 11 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of destiny

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for destiny

Middle English destinee, from Anglo-French, from feminine of destiné, past participle of destiner — see destine

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destiny

noun

English Language Learners Definition of destiny

: what happens in the future : the things that someone or something will experience in the future
: a power that is believed to control what happens in the future

destiny

noun
des·​ti·​ny | \ ˈde-stə-nē How to pronounce destiny (audio) \
plural destinies

Kids Definition of destiny

1 : what happens to someone or something in the future You can decide your own destiny.
2 : the course of events believed to be controlled by a superhuman power
3 : a power that is believed to control the future

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