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
Recent Examples on the Web Without a defensive score late or some special teams magic, the Tigers seem destined for another frustratingly close loss. Joseph Goodman, al, "Ailing Alabama being doubted; Auburn needs some magic," 14 Nov. 2019 Rendon later added a two-run double, setting up this winner-take-all match that seemed destined once the Nationals snagged Game 1 here eight days ago. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "'Beautiful chaos': Nationals come out ahead in bizarre – and hugely consequential – inning," 30 Oct. 2019 All season, the Houston Astros and the Yankees have seemed destined to clash in the American League Championship Series. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "The Twist in a Yankees-Astros A.L.C.S. Rematch? Houston Is Even Better This Time," 6 Oct. 2019 The Barcelona youth product had seemed destined for a move following that tournament, with Barça, Manchester United and Tottenham reportedly interested., "7 of the Best Players Excelling Outside Europe's 'Top 5' Leagues," 24 Sep. 2019 Mount, 20, and Pulisic, 20, seem destined for lengthy careers, though more likely as journeymen than stars. Frank Dell’apa,, "Early indications aren’t promising for Chelsea FC," 19 Aug. 2019 The industrial companies on tap to report earnings next week may not be so lucky, particularly 3M Co., which seems destined for yet another guidance cut to reflect the deepening slowdown. Washington Post, "CSX Leads Industrial Earnings Off the Rails," 22 July 2019 In other words, Donald Trump’s social-media summit seemed destined—again, unsurprisingly—to devolve into gripes about the treatment, on social media, of Donald Trump. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Very Big, Very Important White House Social-Media Summit," 11 July 2019 The accompanying lords Berowne (Jose Guzman), Longaville (J.C. Payne) and Dumain (Alexander Kafarakis) likewise seem destined to fail. Mike Giuliano,, "Resistance is futile in Shakespeare's 'Love's Labour's Lost' in Ellicott City," 5 July 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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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Destine.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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