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
Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, most huaren are pragmatists who see a Chinese family history as useful but not predestining. The Economist, "Chinese diaspora Inc South-East Asian tycoons’ high-wire act," 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, "How Facebook’s early decisions set the stage for scandal," 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, "Tree of Life shooting: One year later, Squirrel Hill residents committed to moving forward," 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,, "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

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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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9 Jun 2020

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“Predestine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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