des·​ti·​na·​tion | \ ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce destination (audio) \

Definition of destination

1 : the purpose for which something is predetermined or destined
2 : an act of appointing, setting aside for a purpose, or predetermining
3 : a place to which one is journeying or to which something is sent when the package has reached its destination kept their destination secret
4 : a place worthy of travel or an extended visit a popular tourist destination often used attributively a destination restauranta destination resort

Examples of destination in a Sentence

After stopping for lunch, we continued on toward our destination. The package reached its destination two days later. He enjoys traveling to remote and exotic destinations. We traveled through three states before reaching our final destination.
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Recent Examples on the Web The van can pick up riders at their location or somewhere nearby like a major thoroughfare, similar to a regular bus stop, and take them to their destination. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, 5 Dec. 2021 Over the horizon, a cadre of horseback riders slinked toward its destination, some snapping photos on their phone and others proudly placing their arms akimbo. Alice Yin,, 5 Dec. 2021 The loss left the Aztecs (11-2) in limbo as far as their bowl destination is concerned. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Dec. 2021 And the Psyche mission, which launches in 2022, will reach its asteroid destination in 2026. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 3 Dec. 2021 Virginia will learn its bowl destination on Sunday. Creg Stephenson |, al, 2 Dec. 2021 The Cavaliers will find out their bowl destination on Sunday. The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Dec. 2021 Couriers stand by to ferry them to their destination. Aarian Marshall, Wired, 1 Dec. 2021 The Aggies, who will learn their bowl destination Sunday, might wind up with a handful of players opting out for the postseason with their eyes on the NFL. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of destination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for destination

see destine

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8 Dec 2021

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“Destination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of destination

: a place to which a person is going or something is being sent


des·​ti·​na·​tion | \ ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce destination (audio) \

Kids Definition of destination

: a place to which a person is going or something is sent


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