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
Recent Examples on the Web Joanie, Jerry Buss’ ex-wife, is in complete control of his destiny. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2022 After nearly two years of economic uncertainty, more and more people are following their entrepreneurial dreams and taking control of their destiny through business ownership. Steven Beagelman, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 Here, 16-year-old Egan begins to feel the call of his destiny to become a callawaya (Shaman). Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 21 Jan. 2022 Cincinnati appear to have control of their destiny in their respective conference championship games. USA TODAY, 4 Dec. 2021 The Cardinals roared back, with quarterback Cameron Ward tossing a 24-yard touchdown pass with 24 seconds left in the game to seal the 55-52 upset win and retain control of their destiny in the Southland Conference. Zach Mason, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Nov. 2021 And with that, SDSU regained control of its destiny this season in the Mountain West. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Nov. 2021 The Warriors held on to beat the Spurs, 100-94, on Saturday night at AT&T Center, putting them in control of their own destiny in terms of seeding on the regular season’s final day. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Apr. 2022 Europeans would benefit from seizing control of their own destiny. Andrew Day, The Week, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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