destine

verb
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

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This begs the question: Is Arya Stark Azor Ahai, aka the Prince That Was Promised, the warrior of legend destined to save the world from the long night? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Is Arya Azor Ahai? The Battle of Winterfell in 'Game of Thrones'," 29 Apr. 2019 Camilla is not as often on the front page as Charles's sons and their wives, but her role is one day destined to become more prominent. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Why Camilla Will Be Key to Prince Charles's Reign," 6 Apr. 2019 That's great news for anyone who is dying to get a peek at a land destined to become overrun by scruffy nerf herders. Megan Friedman And Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Disney Just Released New Details for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Both Disney World and Disneyland," 8 Mar. 2019 A day earlier, Musk tweeted that his company was reshuffling all cars destined to owners who can't take delivery before year's end, and also making test drive and display cars available for discounted sale. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Musk says Tesla will cover tax credit difference on missed 2018 deliveries," 26 Dec. 2018 They are checked for the APOE4 gene, which doesn’t destine someone to develop Alzheimer’s but raises that risk. Marilynn Marchione, The Seattle Times, "Studies in healthy older people aim to prevent Alzheimer’s," 1 Oct. 2018 Cave took extra bases away from Davis on a ball that appeared destined to hit off the scoreboard in right-center with a leaping off-the-wall catch. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Cashner's quality start, Schoop's two homers not enough in Orioles' 5-2 loss to Twins," 6 July 2018 Metu might still be destined to spend his rookie season in Austin, as last year’s second-round pick Jaron Blossomgame did. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "What to watch for as Spurs summer leaguers hit Las Vegas," 6 July 2018 Facing a full count, two outs and a 1-1 tie, Carlin sputtered a grounder over to third base, destined to end the inning. Sam Dodge, latimes.com, "Newport Beach Baseball Assn. wins PONY Section opener," 6 July 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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