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

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Examples of predestine in a Sentence

our victory in the tournament was seemingly predestined

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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,, "These Are The New Netflix Treats For July 4th Weekend —Besides Stranger Things," 2 July 2019 Surely here is a hero whose immortality was predestined. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "What to Give: Mysteries," 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, "Erasmus vs. Luther — a Rift That Defined the Course of Western Civilization," 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, "Who will be NFL's 'Final Four' teams in 2018 season?," 30 Mar. 2018 Maybe Sunday’s Charlotte Hornets loss was predestined when the NBA schedule came out, but the extent to which the Toronto Raptors clobbered the home team was striking. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "NBA | Charlotte Hornets - Toronto Raptors | Recap 02.11.18 | Charlotte Observer," 11 Feb. 2018 The first battle between Bird and Magic can also be seen as predestined, as has just about everything that has happened to the two men since., "The Game That Started the Madness: Magic vs. Bird in 1979 Michigan State–Indiana State Final," 7 Feb. 2018 According to Yuval Steiman, senior group manager for Genesis product strategy, the turbocharged V-6 was predestined for the G80 Sport. Car and Driver, "Why Genesis Chose to Build a Twin-Turbo V-6 for Its First Sports Sedan," 16 Oct. 2017 Each person bears an immortal soul that is predestined to live with God forever but is not forced to do so, because love cannot be forced. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Say Yes: Religious Vocations and ‘Giving God Permission’," 14 Oct. 2017

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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

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