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divine

adjective

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1 of the very best kind
  • how about a piece of the most divine apple pie I've ever tasted!

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2 of, relating to, or being God
  • for these divine gifts let us be truly thankful

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divine

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of divine (Entry 2 of 3)

a person specially trained and authorized to conduct religious services in a Christian church
  • the great influence exerted by the Puritan divines in the Massachusetts Bay Colony

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divine

verb

Synonyms of divine (Entry 3 of 3)

to realize or know about beforehand
  • it was easy to divine his intention of asking his girlfriend to marry him

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How is the word divine different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of divine are anticipate, foreknow, and foresee. While all these words mean "to know beforehand," divine adds to foresee the suggestion of exceptional wisdom or discernment.

was able to divine Europe's rapid recovery from the war

When could anticipate be used to replace divine?

Although the words anticipate and divine have much in common, anticipate implies taking action about or responding emotionally to something before it happens.

the waiter anticipated our every need

When might foreknow be a better fit than divine?

The synonyms foreknow and divine are sometimes interchangeable, but foreknow usually implies supernatural assistance, as through revelation.

if only we could foreknow our own destinies

When can foresee be used instead of divine?

While the synonyms foresee and divine are close in meaning, foresee implies nothing about how the knowledge is derived and may apply to ordinary reasoning and experience.

economists should have foreseen the recession

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

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“Divine.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/divine. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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