destiny

noun
des·​ti·​ny | \ ˈde-stə-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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After all possible scenarios were evaluated this path was chosen, ultimately providing the members of the district to take control of Timberlane’s destiny. Helen Williams, nola.com, "Timberlane commission stays busy to protect future of country club," 14 June 2019 Whether DeSantis will have a say in Smith’s destiny is unclear. Staff, orlandosentinel.com, "Church plans march to protest Confederate statue coming to Tavares," 7 June 2019 Some tiny emphasis seemed to be Lucrécia’s only destiny, vehemence her only strength. Benjamin Moser, Harper's magazine, "The Indirect World," 10 Apr. 2019 More: The chances a long-suffering nation wins the World Cup is greater than normal Every remaining team has shown a willingness, ramping up the physicality and refusing to be shouldered out of the way of a path to destiny. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The World Cup is getting seriously dirty now," 4 July 2018 Three bullet holes in the chest, which father attributed to destiny, and I to the triangulation of past, present, and future. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "‘Choose Marriage or Education’," 29 May 2018 Adding Chris Paul and defensive improvements just as the Warriors became hobbled and bored during an 82-game season improved Houston by 10 wins over last year's team and created a legit threat to Golden State's dynastic destiny. Paul Coro, latimes.com, "NBA playoff preview: Watch out, Warriors — Rockets look like team to beat," 13 Apr. 2018 These improvements are proof that demography is not destiny, that bad things happening in a neighborhood do not have to determine student outcomes. David Brooks | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "Good leaders make good schools," 19 Mar. 2018 Globus, like O’Neill and Bezos, also firmly believes that humanity’s destiny doesn’t lie on Earth or any other planetary surface. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Why the World's Richest Man Wants Humans To Live on Floating Space Cities," 10 May 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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