pre·​des·​tine | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈde-stən How to pronounce predestine (audio) \
predestined; predestining; predestines

Definition of predestine

transitive verb

: to destine, decree, determine, appoint, or settle beforehand especially : predestinate sense 1

Examples of predestine in a Sentence

our victory in the tournament was seemingly predestined
Recent Examples on the Web Genes do not predestine one individual to complete fewer years of schooling than another or one individual to score higher on a cognitive performance test than another. Robbee Wedow, Scientific American, 26 May 2022 Indeed, most huaren are pragmatists who see a Chinese family history as useful but not predestining. The Economist, 28 May 2020 Similarly, his playing of games such as Risk and Civilization seemed to predestine him to amass great power. Christina Passariello, Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2020 And in a way that almost feels predestined, one of the windows of the center looks out onto the church that Fred Rogers used to attend. NBC News, 24 Oct. 2019 Tee and Elle’s growing connection is predestined to result in doom, but these two crazy kids can’t let go of each other. Ariana Romero,, 2 July 2019 Surely here is a hero whose immortality was predestined. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 15 Nov. 2018 Our fate is predestined by God, and our salvation will come through faith in that conviction. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2018 After falling short of the rematch with the Patriots that many presumed was predestined, the Steelers have to address the self-destructive tendencies that have haunted them in key stretches. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2018 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'predestine.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of predestine

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for predestine

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French predestiner, from Latin praedestinare, from prae- + destinare to determine — more at destine

Learn More About predestine

Time Traveler for predestine

Time Traveler

The first known use of predestine was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near predestine




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for predestine

Cite this Entry

“Predestine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on predestine

Nglish: Translation of predestine for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of predestine for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!