fore·​or·​dain | \ ˌfȯr-ȯr-ˈdān How to pronounce foreordain (audio) \
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 How to pronounce foreordain (audio) \ noun

Examples of foreordain in a Sentence

we are such good friends, it's almost like we were foreordained to meet
Recent Examples on the Web Pelosi is more than happy for additional evidence to be disclosed and for the Senate to call witnesses, even after the House has impeached and when the resolution of the trial is foreordained. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The Never-Ending Impeachment," 17 Jan. 2020 The outcome was not foreordained, for either Bork or Mr. Biden. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Biden Wants to Work With ‘the Other Side.’ This Supreme Court Battle Explains Why.," 7 Sep. 2019 The 41st president, who couldn’t always get his sentences straight, wasn’t foreordained for history’s hall of fame. Josef Joffe, WSJ, "George Bush Led the Biggest Diplomatic Triumph Since Jefferson," 3 Dec. 2018 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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“Foreordain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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