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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Seattle still mostly controls its own playoff destiny, but the margin for error is diminishing. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "Live chat rewind | Why didn’t the Seahawks cut their kicker? How to beat KC?," 18 Dec. 2018 Through a series of unintended consequences, algorithms have inadvertently become the invisible rulers that control the destinies of millions. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018 In astrology, these dynamic lunations are linked to our destiny. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's August 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 July 2018 If demographics really were destiny, this place would be a gold mine for the Democratic Party’s efforts to reap political gains from an increasingly diverse and nonwhite America. Jack Healy, New York Times, "If Demographics Are Destiny, Why Can’t Democrats Win This Denver District?," 2 July 2018 As taught by their leader, Cyrus Teed, the Koreshans—Teed’s name is Koresh in Hebrew—believed that the universe existed inside a huge, hollow earth, and that their sacred destiny was to build a socialist utopia near swampy Fort Myers. Jeff Guinn, WSJ, "Five Best: Jeff Guinn on Books About Cults," 23 Aug. 2018 Accordingly, eclipses activate these nodes within our birth charts, illuminating our destiny. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Eclipses in 2018 and How They Can Affect Your Life," 16 July 2018 Like, that’s where our destiny was to be back over there. chicagotribune.com, "Millennials are largest age group in Cook County, census shows, but will they stay?," 21 June 2018 The proposal by Hanover Land Company was among the least imaginative of its type and would have produced yet another crowded subdivision whose destiny would be to crowd local schools and jam local roads. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Groveland wisely tells developer to design a better subdivision," 22 Jan. 2018

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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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