des·​tine | \ ˈdes-tən 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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Variety reports the project is destined for Facebook Watch. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Facebook wins British soccer rights for Southeast Asia," 6 July 2018 That doesn’t mean people with Medicare drug coverage are destined to overpay for prescriptions. Kaiser Health News,, "Want lower Medicare prescription drug costs? Ask for the cash price," 31 May 2018 About three-quarters of Canada’s exports are destined for the United States. Chad P. Bown, Washington Post, "Canada turned to the WTO because Trump has threatened NAFTA," 30 Jan. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Joe Pendleton was destined to be a Los Angeles Ram, Beatty said. Jason Gay, WSJ, "My Talk With Legendary Rams Quarterback Warren Beatty," 23 Jan. 2019 Roh's meeting with Kim Jong Il came near the end of the South Korean's single presidential term, and so any results were destined to be short-lived. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Unfinished business: Moon's summit dreams echo late mentor," 18 Sep. 2018 Trump will nominate a justice who could set the course of the country for years and decades to come — for good or ill, depending upon your viewpoint — but a late development this weekend reinforces that the decision isn't destined to be a home run. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The most interesting late development in Trump’s Supreme Court derby," 9 July 2018 This is a collection that’s destined, if not designed, to defeat book reviews. Zachary Fine, WSJ, "‘Attention’ Review: Anatomist of Our Disorder," 30 Aug. 2018 Remember, this is the guy that the female protagonist is destined to fall for in the end. New York Times, "In ‘Set It Up’ and 2 Other Netflix Comedies, No One Emerges Unscathed," 14 June 2018

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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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