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 Understandably, Saints’ fans had a field day with the divine intervention, responding to the Holy Father’s tweet with all sorts of New Orleans booster phrases and thanks for the support. Melissa Locker, Time, "Divine Intervention? Pope Francis May Have Accidentally Blessed the New Orleans Saints With a Victory Thanks to This Accidental Tweet," 14 Oct. 2019 The Cubs’ extra-inning win, which required a 17-minute rain delay that felt like divine intervention, unleashed a multigenerational catharsis a century in the waiting. David Baumgarten, The Atlantic, "So Long, Joe Maddon," 10 Oct. 2019 The Emmy Awards got a dose of divine intervention tonight in the form of Gwendoline Christie, who arrived to the 2019 ceremony in a red and white robe from Gucci. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gwendoline Christie's Emmys 2019 Look Draws Comparisons to Jesus and the Lannisters," 23 Sep. 2019 This weekend, Curlfest Atlanta took place and the looks were divine. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Street Style At Curlfest Atlanta," 23 Sep. 2019 The gun is a remarkable tool for the fulfillment of the first divine command: Fill the earth and subdue it. Declan Leary, National Review, "Theodore Roosevelt on the Range," 12 Sep. 2019 Which of their decisions have been their own and which have been God’s not-so-divine intervention? Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "The Winchesters search for answers in Supernatural final season first look," 11 Sep. 2019 The Kim regime is built on the idea that the Kims are divine beings. Fox News, "North Korea propaganda video details Christian martyr’s ‘mission from the enemy’ to build underground church," 10 Sep. 2019 The week-long seminar on business, work and the circular economy, in early September, had divine overtones. The Economist, "Popenomics," 7 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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 To read something that contradicts conventional financial wisdom, divine. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Is owning a home a better investment than stocks?," 30 Aug. 2019 An actor must summon the divine from the deepest part of himself. Paul Vitello, New York Times, "Valentina Cortese, a Leading Italian Film Actress, Dies at 96," 10 July 2019 What is striking is the degree to which Pahari paintings also map and elicit reactions to the divine. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India’ Review: Multifaceted Devotion," 16 Feb. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 And now, the speed of the planet's passing can also divine the star's density. Sarah Lewin Frasier, Scientific American, "Astronomers Use Shadowy Alien Worlds to Peer Inside Stars," 6 Nov. 2017 The social movement is chopped into waves, which can give the impression that a feminist’s beliefs and loyalties may be divined by her date of birth. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "Hollywood Reconsiders the Bad Female Boss, With a Generational Twist," 12 June 2019 Schwartz also points out in his book that the Europeans initially attributed hurricanes to divine punishment for man’s sinful ways. Tristram Korten, Smithsonian, "The Bahamas and the Caribbean Have Withstood Hurricanes for Centuries," 17 Sep. 2019 For a first look at the final season, divine your way over here. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "The Bad Place searches for the best worst humans in new Good Place footage," 12 Sep. 2019 The economists divined the extra tariffs would cut 0.5 percentage points from China’s growth, which is already tipped to slow to 6% next year. Fortune, "Can Trump ‘Order’ US Firms Out of China? Should He? — CEO Daily," 24 Aug. 2019 Vernon’s comments are crucial to divining his meaning in lyrics that can still tend toward the almost comically opaque. Los Angeles Times, "On Bon Iver’s “i,i,” Justin Vernon ponders Trump, climate change and wider world," 9 Aug. 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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18 Nov 2019

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“Divine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divined. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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