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 Indeed, because one advantage of divine status is that immortality comes as part of the job, he presumably still is worshipped there. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Prince Philip’s Death and the Last Embers of British Stoicism," 9 Apr. 2021 The eggplant planks are slightly caramelized, the melted cheeses and milky ricotta make divine companions, and there are plenty of good, rich flavors. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: No pasta, or red sauce in this roasted eggplant ‘lasagna’," 6 Apr. 2021 English language debut is a divine half-hour short in which Tilda Swinton gets tired of being trapped in her apartment, puts on a pair of gold lamé pants, and burns the whole place down. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The Best Movies of 2021 (So Far)," 5 Apr. 2021 Hinckson may be among a small minority of evangelical communities that generally avoid medical intervention in favor of divine healing, but his beliefs are firm. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Why "the pathway to ending the pandemic runs through the evangelical church"," 4 Apr. 2021 After a bad day at work, a frustrated reporter meets God, who endows him with divine powers for one week. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021 Shupe crafts another divine yarn, bursting with meticulous period detail and enough heat to steam up any age. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: March 2021 romance novels embrace learning to love yourself," 1 Apr. 2021 The Babylonians regarded the number seven as having divine properties and applied it whenever possible: There were seven celestial bodies, seven nights of each lunar phase and seven days of the week. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The Long Fight to Take the Weekend Off," 1 Apr. 2021 These premium jacquard olivia design bed sheets and pillowcases offer divine softness and modern style at a perfectly reasonable price. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Here are 10 hidden Amazon deals only Prime members can get," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cultivate your inner divine and your relationship with yourself. Olivia F. Scott, Essence, "What The Derrick Jaxn Fallout Means To Black Women Who Supported Him," 26 Mar. 2021 For 32-year-old executive director Taylor Toynes, the opportunity to set up shop in the former Moorland facility, with its significant historical roots, is nothing less than evidence of the divine. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Neighborhood-grown For Oak Cliff nonprofit acquires former YMCA with roots in historic Black Dallas," 23 Mar. 2021 Finding the divine in difficult moments was what inspired Yulia Kazakova to pursue becoming a chaplain. Jonathan D. Fitzgerald, BostonGlobe.com, "Chaplains and the rise of on-demand spiritual support," 9 Mar. 2021 This combination is typical of Casey’s style, in which the commonplace flows into a glistening divine. Washington Post, "In the galleries: A focus on the intersection of art and movement," 26 Feb. 2021 What Luhrmann describes, however, is a more fretful relationship with the divine. Anne Enright, The New York Review of Books, "Spirited Away," 23 Feb. 2021 The Bhagavad Gita says all paths lead toward the divine. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Embracing flaws in yoga class, anticipating Ash Wednesday," 16 Feb. 2021 First, there’s the sheer number of people who want a harbor and even a taste of the divine in this season of such relentless grief. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "On Being Krista Tippett," 23 Dec. 2020 Hasidism valued joy and emotional connection with the divine as much as Torah study. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, "When One Parent Leaves a Hasidic Community, What Happens to the Kids?," 30 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But Anheuser-Busch InBev and Goose Island were such an odd pairing — the world’s largest beer company and that scrappy Chicago visionary — that the greater meaning was hard to divine. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Goose Island sale 10 years later: Anheuser-Busch got what it needed from the deal, but what’s left for Chicago beer drinkers is more complicated.," 27 Mar. 2021 Every fashion season, designers try to divine consumer desire six months ahead of time then provide pieces that will fulfill it. Vogue Runway, Vogue, "Vogue’s Critics on Fall 2021—Runway Posturing Is Out, and Real-Life Comfort and Cool Are In," 15 Mar. 2021 If given infinite amounts of time, a high-level chess player could divine the best move—but most competitive chess formats restrict the players' time. Chazz Mair, Wired, "The Game of Chess Had Patch Notes, Too," 8 Mar. 2021 The goal is not to understand an issue, let alone divine the truth, but to broadcast what Democrats and Republicans care about at that moment. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Sunday Shows Are Hopelessly Broken," 23 Feb. 2021 Hospitals and doctors preferred arbitration that would allow a supposedly neutral party to divine the proper price of the service. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Surprise! A Health Lobby Cage Match," 30 Dec. 2020 For early clues to how COVID-19 might behave, health experts tried to divine the risk of reinfection by looking at other human coronaviruses. Sarah Elizabeth Richards, Science, "Already had the coronavirus? You could get it again.," 1 Dec. 2020 So now regulators will divine Congress’s unwritten intent amid frantic corporate lobbying for dispensations. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Congress Punts on China Stocks," 15 Dec. 2020 Trying to stay informed on Parler is like trying to divine the news by reading your grandparents’ junk mail. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Parler’s vibe is MAGA-red and unreal. Extremism by design?," 25 Nov. 2020

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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 Apr 2021

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“Divine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divine. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for divine

divine

adjective

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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