fore·​or·​dain | \ˌfȯr-ȯr-ˈdān \
foreordained; foreordaining; foreordains

Definition of foreordain 

transitive verb

: to dispose or appoint in advance : predestine

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Other Words from foreordain

foreordination \ ˌfȯr-​ˌȯr-​də-​ˈnā-​shən \ noun

Examples of foreordain in a Sentence

we are such good friends, it's almost like we were foreordained to meet

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Aster piles on the personal confrontations and emotional breakdowns, but compounds them with unnerving new hauntings, all the way up to an ending that feels foreordained, but still shattering. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Ari Aster’s breakout horror hit Hereditary is pants-wettingly scary," 8 June 2018 This is hardly foreordained, especially if the U.S. reasserts itself on the global stage and rallies like-minded nations against the revisionists. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Trump Doctrine, in Theory," 18 Dec. 2017 Egypt’s slide back into authoritarianism wasn’t foreordained. Joshua Hammer, New York Times, "How Egypt’s Activists Became ‘Generation Jail’," 14 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of foreordain

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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