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.



Definition of divine (Entry 2 of 3)

1 religion : clergyman a Puritan divine
2 religion : theologian


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

Other Words from divine


divinely adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for divine

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There was no divine intervention for any of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellows, but intervention there always was. Ann Kirschner, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 The song ends with a walk into the snow, into the cathedral of a forest, a place of divine grace. oregonlive, 18 Dec. 2021 Regular debtors, in contrast, are rarely shown such charity; instead of being heralded as divine, they are dubbed deadbeats. Astra Taylor, The New Yorker, 23 Nov. 2020 In numerology, angel numbers are a repetitive sequence of three or four numbers that appear in seemingly random places in your life to convey a spiritual or divine message. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, 2 May 2022 Thailand's lese majeste laws have recently come under criticism by some activists and opposition politicians, a bold move in a country that traditionally upholds the king as semi-divine and above criticism. CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 If Clyde’s is clearly figured as purgatorial, glimpses of both the divine and the ordinary lie just beyond. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 23 Nov. 2021 Essential to our side was the principle of honoring both divine and mortal laws. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021 Memories and calls for vengeance, both divine and military. Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The varied program explores love in many aspects, from earthly to divine. oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2022 The McFarlands say the place does, indeed, seem a little closer to the divine. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 So our ability to commune with the divine, to commune with God, is related to our ability to commune with each other. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2022 The Morgan Library’s divine, and its exhibitions are always designed to perfection. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 24 Mar. 2022 Though their religious devotion intersected with technological innovation, timekeeping would turn them away from the divine. Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2022 The community was founded by a French writer, Mirra Alfassa, better known to her followers simply as the Mother, who believed that a change of consciousness and aspiration to the divine in Auroville would ripple out to the rest of the world. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2022 Seeing the divine in animals allows for a deeper connection to the natural world, according to Soumya Parthasarathy, a systems analyst. Zayna Syed, The Arizona Republic, 26 Dec. 2021 American youth have not turned away from the divine. WSJ, 21 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 1692, a group of young girls, including Parris’ own daughter, Betty, and his niece, Abigail, began to bark like dogs and contort their bodies after allegedly attempting to divine their future. Brooklyn White, Essence, 29 Apr. 2022 Look to these six states to divine the future of free elections in America. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 15 Apr. 2022 Triangle Productions’ founder Don Horn directs the master class that attempts to divine the real from the fake. oregonlive, 12 Jan. 2022 Hultquist says those intentions are difficult to divine without knowing the hackers' specific targeting. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 16 Jan. 2022 Helene Elliott was joined by Times staffers Curtis Zupke, Jim Barrero and Nick Leyva to divine what the new year holds for the local teams, and the sport more broadly. Los Angeles Times, 1 Jan. 2022 There’s little sense in trying to divine the perfect public-health policy from one country over a short period of time. Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, 7 Dec. 2021 But that lack of certainty did not stop these experts from trying to divine what may happen in 2022 as the supply chain crisis continues. Edward Segal, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 Early on, perfumers fretted that GC-MS would be able to divine the precise formula of any scent, and that the secrecy of their craft would be irremediably punctured. Scott Sayare, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of divine


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for divine


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


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


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

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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


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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