divine

adjective
di·vine | \də-ˈvīn \
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.

b : heavenly, godlike

divine

noun

Definition of divine (Entry 2 of 3)

religion

1 : clergyman a Puritan divine

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

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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

Greywalls approaches the divine inspiration of DeVries’ Michigan masterpiece, the private Kingsley Club. Detroit Free Press, "Ranking Michigan's top 10 vacation golf courses," 21 June 2018 Her bobbleheads are selling like the newest iPhone, the New York Times featured her in three articles in a single week and her underdog Chicago-area hoops team is playing with divine inspiration. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "Sister Jean comes to S.A.," 31 Mar. 2018 The ambiance at the Oakland arena has changed over the years, as ticket prices rose (and rise) and the team evolved from wretched to divine. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fans in Warriors’ new digs may miss old funk," 4 Mar. 2018 Duterte lamented in that speech that Adam and Eve's sin in Christian theology resulted in all the faithful falling from divine grace. Jim Gomez, Fox News, "Bishops call for 3-day fasting after Duterte says God stupid," 10 July 2018 From tens of thousands of homes throughout the city will go up the prayers of San Diegans for divine guidance of the new President and his administration. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Eisenhower inaugurated," 20 Jan. 2018 As divine as the Gods, the flower of rebirth was thought to contain magical properties as well. Katie Robinson, Town & Country, "The Secret Meaning of the Lotus Flower," 28 Apr. 2017 The royal family is treated with almost divine reverence in Thailand. Time, "Thailand’s Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip," 21 June 2018 By the end of the play, divine providence is much harder to discern. The Economist, "On stage, the saga of the Lehman brothers is a parable of America," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But a deeper look brings out the true genius of the work: the relationship between art and architecture, the way science can bring man closer to God, and an outline of the quintessence of the divine. Robert E. Gordon, WSJ, "A Multi-Layered Drama," 13 July 2018 The show is divided into two themes, one mortal and the other divine. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "In Iranian art show at LACMA, the past wrestles with the present," 4 June 2018 Even a daydreamy young girl had a hard time locating the divine over the glare of blacktop and the whine of power tools. Sara Eckel, Longreads, "The Hole in My Soul," 1 June 2018 But after a horrific tragedy, many look to the divine. Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "As victims' families prepare to arrive at a Santa Fe church to mourn, a rainbow appears overhead," 20 May 2018 The nods the film got include in the categories of Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actress for the divine Sally Hawkins, and Supporting Actor and Actress for the magnificent Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "Academy Awards 2018: "The Shape of Water" would be a worthy Best Picture," 3 Mar. 2018 The crystal versions were less mystical yet still intriguing and a good example of where the decorative meets the divine. Melissa Magsaysay, latimes.com, "At the Met Gala, stars show off their saintly side with classic looks. Here are 6 major beauty trends," 8 May 2018 The slim, powdered legs were breathtaking, the figure divine, and the head more beautiful than Venus herself. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "The 19th century nude scene that took San Francisco by storm," 27 Apr. 2018 Eckhart was part of an international grassroots movement, longing for noninstitutional union with the divine. John Timpane, Philly.com, "'Dangerous Mystic': A true, gripping tale of a man's perilous search for God," 6 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

So long as Pecker can divine what Trump would want or find helpful, the Enquirer could effectively carry out the president's wishes. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "The National Enquirer’s weak denial of Trump’s influence," 2 May 2018 Their own attitude, as far as it can be divined, appears to be a credulous sentimentality. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: On Netflix, a Wild Story of Guns, Sex and a Guru," 16 Mar. 2018 But the contests never actually occur, because the musketeers divine in d’Artagnan a man who is willing to risk his life and can assist them in their sallies against Cardinal Richelieu’s belligerent guards. Tobias Grey, WSJ, "Alexandre Dumas’s Brotherly Love," 16 Mar. 2018 What remains is to divine the motivations of the plaintiffs in this case, and thereby those of the Trump White House. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Trump's DOJ labels the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, placing healthcare for 133 million at risk," 8 June 2018 Is Musk divining his reasoning from movies about journalism? Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Here are the three most head-scratching tweets from Elon Musk this holiday weekend," 27 May 2018 Russian officials are still working to digest the Nuclear Posture Review and to divine Trump’s interest in arms-control negotiations. Anton Troianovski, Washington Post, "Putin ally warns of arms race as Russia considers response to U.S. nuclear stance," 10 Feb. 2018 For the United States, there's a risk if world leaders trying to divine Trump's intentions aren't sure who to believe, said Ned Price, a former spokesman for the White House National Security Council in the Obama administration. NBC News, "State Department: Giuliani doesn't speak for U.S. on foreign policy," 7 May 2018 When examining inclusivity and the economy, the Urban Institute sought to compare the current recovery with past periods of growth to divine the relationship between economic growth and shared prosperity. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How fighting inequality can help cities grow their economies," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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divine

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of divine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or coming from God or a god

: very good

divine

verb

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

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

divine

adjective
di·vine | \də-ˈvīn \

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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