Definition of manifest destiny
- in the mid-19th century expansion to the Pacific was regarded as the Manifest Destiny of the United States
They were living in a time when expansion to the Pacific was regarded by many people as the Manifest Destiny of the United States.
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: a future event that is sure to happen : a destiny that can be clearly seen and that cannot be changed
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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