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 If Trump returns to the presidency, some White Christian nationalists may interpret his political resurrection as divine intervention. John Blake, CNN, 24 July 2022 Between that divine intervention, Donald Trump's inspiration as an outsider candidate and his own anger over COVID-19 mandates, Neely fast-tracked his timeline to enter politics. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 12 July 2022 For him, the unexpected American victory against a superior British force in Baltimore was nothing short of divine intervention. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 July 2022 The routine requests for divine intervention are source of frustration for gun control advocates, who argue action—assault rifle bans and new gun restrictions—are what’s needed. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 28 June 2022 Pea and cauliflower cream soups to die for and pork neck in red wine was divine. Liza B. Zimmerman, Forbes, 11 July 2022 To err is indeed human, to forgive may be divine, but forgiveness is also optional. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 26 June 2022 To err is indeed human, to forgive may be divine, but forgiveness is also optional. cleveland, 26 June 2022 To err is indeed human, to forgive may be divine, but forgiveness is also optional. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 26 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The happiest people have lives focused on love: of family, of friends, of others through work that serves, and in some cases of the divine as well. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 21 July 2022 How to explain, then, the exaltation that comes with ingesting substances that have no such chemical profile — that are endowed only with our perception of the divine? New York Times, 11 May 2022 Religious leaders who once preferred to leave security in the hands of the divine are taking precautions that seemed unthinkable years prior, Stivi said. Deepa Bharath And Luis Andres Henao, Chron, 17 July 2022 Religious leaders who once preferred to leave security in the hands of the divine are taking precautions that seemed unthinkable years prior, Stivi said. Deepa Bharath, BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2022 Here were two views of the divine, an earthly aristocracy versus the celestial. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 15 June 2022 The right formula, based on all of the best neuroscience, clinical, [and] social scientific research, is simply: Use things, love people, and worship the divine. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Apr. 2022 The intruder, in this case, was the government of Auroville, an idealistic community founded in 1968 with the goal of realizing human unity by putting the divine at the center of all things. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2022 People visit the abbey’s Benedictine monks in search of reflection, tranquility and a deeper connection with the divine. oregonlive, 14 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These are merely some of the variables at play as businesses try to divine the future. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2022 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 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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