divine

adjective
di·​vine | \ də-ˈvīn How to pronounce divine (audio) \
diviner; divinest

Definition of divine

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 religion
a : of, relating to, or proceeding directly from God (see god entry 1 sense 1) or a god (see god entry 1 sense 2) divine inspiration divine love praying for divine intervention
b : being a deity the divine Savior a divine ruler
c : directed to a deity divine worship
2a : supremely good : superb The meal was just divine.

divine

noun

Definition of divine (Entry 2 of 3)

1 religion : clergyman a Puritan divine
2 religion : theologian

divine

verb
divined; divining

Definition of divine (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to discover by intuition or insight : infer divine the truth
2 : to discover or locate (something, such as underground water or minerals) usually by means of a divining rod

intransitive verb

1 : to seek to predict future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers : to practice divination : prophesy
2 : to perceive intuitively

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Other Words from divine

Adjective

divinely adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for divine

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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Verb

foresee, foreknow, divine, anticipate mean to know beforehand. foresee implies nothing about how the knowledge is derived and may apply to ordinary reasoning and experience. economists should have foreseen the recession foreknow usually implies supernatural assistance, as through revelation. if only we could foreknow our own destinies divine adds to foresee the suggestion of exceptional wisdom or discernment. was able to divine Europe's rapid recovery from the war anticipate implies taking action about or responding emotionally to something before it happens. the waiter anticipated our every need

Examples of divine in a Sentence

Adjective They prayed for divine intervention. how about a piece of the most divine apple pie I've ever tasted! Noun the great influence exerted by the Puritan divines in the Massachusetts Bay Colony Verb divine the answer to a question it was easy to divine his intention of asking his girlfriend to marry him
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some, as devout Catholics or evangelical Christians, insist that divine intervention will win the day. ExpressNews.com, "Migrants hunkered down in crowded, filthy border encampment," 17 Nov. 2019 Sunstone - Sunstone is a catalyst for the masculine to evolve toward graceful integration with the feminine divine, facilitating allowance to be present without ego, to embrace the nurturing aspects of the divine mother. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Jhene Aiko Soothes the Anxious Mind With Meditative 'Trigger Protection Mantra': Listen," 13 Sep. 2019 One of her finest compositions in a list brimming with memorable accompaniments for acclaimed productions, Levi’s music this time around oscillates between the earthly and the divine, like everything else in Landes’ vision. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Heaven, Earth and war collide in Alejandro Landes’ visceral ‘Monos’," 12 Sep. 2019 In 2014, in D&D’s latest edition, players met the Warlock, a being whose magic is neither arcane, divine, nor innate, but sourced from a binding pact with a powerful eldritch being (think more Cthulhu than Zeus). William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Why D&D Modernized Its Magic for a New Generation of Fantasy," 1 Sep. 2019 Some stress that freedom for all was always the divine purpose, and that God only allowed slavery in the early days of Islam as a concession to the realities of the age. The Economist, "Everywhere in chains," 27 Aug. 2019 France's fourth goal was simply divine, a team move of lightning pace that culminated in Olivier Giroud's incisive pass to Mbappe, and his cool finish. SI.com, "Messi vs Ronaldo: The Myth of the One-Man Team & the Overwhelming Importance of Trust," 2 July 2018 European colonizers used the idea of Manifest Destiny based in a righteous divine purpose to validate the killing, raping, and theft of indigenous land and ideas. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "New Mexico’s education chief blasted for linking charter schools with ‘Manifest Destiny’," 9 Jan. 2018 Beyond divine intervention, however, DeSantis and emergency planners are still focused on helping Northwest Florida recover from Hurricane Michael — and preparing for future hurricane seasons across the state. Jim Turner, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian missed Florida but taught valuable lessons for future hurricane seasons," 25 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Part of it stirred my remaining notions of the divine. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "2019’s best TV moment? It was Stephen Colbert answering Anderson Cooper’s question about grief.," 23 Dec. 2019 But, working with Stearns and Williams, Dorfman is also able to convey this dialogue with the divine as an intellectual and emotional tussle between two worthy adversaries. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Theater review: ‘O my God’ is divine, but not wholly a comedy," 28 Oct. 2019 More recently, Elizabeth Gilbert, in The Signature of All Things, sends her protagonist, a young female botanist, from her life of science and structure in 19th-century Philadelphia to Tahiti in search of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Island Hopping in French Polynesia," 15 Nov. 2019 Ladybugs have associations with the divine in many languages. National Geographic, "6 surprisingly lucky animals around the world," 13 Mar. 2019 Next, thought: the rationalizing of the spiritual impulse, earnest contemplation of the divine. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Kanye West’s Reactionary Turn Isn’t Just an Act," 4 Nov. 2019 Thailand’s top royals are officially treated as semi-divine. Time, "Thailand's King Strips His Royal Consort of Her Title Over Alleged Disloyalty, 'Inappropriate Behavior'," 21 Oct. 2019 Sure, some intervention — divine, political or otherwise — could still stop the House from voting on the political equivalent of an indictment on crimes against the nation. NBC News, "'The dam could break' on impeachment this week," 23 Sep. 2019 His idea was that, although life is somewhat branched, there is direction in evolution, a progression toward greater cognitive complexity and, ultimately, to identification with the divine, that is, God. Quentin Wheeler, Quartz, "That popular monkey-to-man chart gets evolution all wrong," 4 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ostler tries to divine what’s bringing it all together now. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: How does Shen Yun pay for all those ads?," 13 Jan. 2020 And the details of the 2017 arrest at its center raise questions about what police can reasonably divine from the body language of black residents. Gal Tziperman Lotan, BostonGlobe.com, "High court again contemplates issues of race and policing," 10 Jan. 2020 The ancient Greeks believed its smoke could be used to divine the future; Christians saw those vapors as a visible representation of prayers rising to God. April Long, Town & Country, "Why Frankincense Is Suddenly So Smoking Hot," 5 Dec. 2019 But to pretend that divining their intent is the only acceptable way to interpret the Constitution—which was the subtext for much of the argument before the Judiciary Committee last week—is to court interpretive trouble. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "The Trump Impeachment Hearings and Justice Antonin Scalia," 9 Dec. 2019 Another 5 percent attributed the changes to divine will. Anchorage Daily News, "Poll: Americans broadly accept climate science, but many are fuzzy on the details," 9 Dec. 2019 Rogers looks past Vogel’s sarcasm, almost divining the writer’s private pain. Armond White, National Review, "Christian Faith Is the Missing Ingredient in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," 29 Nov. 2019 Thus, the parties need not use divining tools to extrapolate from those orders what does or does not constitute non-compliance. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Federal judge: Let doctors into child migrant detention centers, quickly," 30 June 2019 Unlike other pop success stories that critics later fumbled over themselves to ascribe meaning to, or to divine meaning beneath during the more pop-friendly critical environs of the 2000s, Hootie remained unloved, if thought of at all. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Hootie & the Blowfish, Great American Rock Band (Yes, Really)," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of divine

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for divine

Adjective

Middle English divin, from Anglo-French, from Latin divinus, from divus god — more at deity

Noun

Middle English, from Medieval Latin divinus, from Latin, soothsayer, from divinus, adjective — see divine entry 1

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French deviner, from Latin divinare, from divinus, noun — see divine entry 1

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The first known use of divine was in the 14th century

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14 Jan 2020

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“Divine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divine. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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More Definitions for divine

divine

adjective
How to pronounce divine (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of divine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or coming from God or a god
informal + somewhat old-fashioned : very good

divine

verb

English Language Learners Definition of divine (Entry 2 of 2)

formal + literary : to discover or understand (something) without having direct evidence

divine

adjective
di·​vine | \ də-ˈvīn How to pronounce divine (audio) \

Kids Definition of divine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to God or a god divine will
2 : being in praise of God : religious, holy divine worship
3 : like a god The pharaohs of ancient Egypt were considered divine.
4 : very good

Other Words from divine

divinely adverb

divine

verb
divined; divining

Kids Definition of divine (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to discover or understand something by using intuition
2 : to foretell the future by using signs and omens or magic powers

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