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[pri-des-tin] /prɪˈdɛs tɪn/
verb (used with object), predestined, predestining.
to destine in advance; foreordain; predetermine:
He seemed predestined for the ministry.
Origin of predestine
1350-1400; Middle English predestinen < Latin praedestināre. See pre-, destine
Related forms
predestinable, adjective
unpredestined, adjective Unabridged
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  • He lived, as it were, under the shadow of some fatal curse which seemed to predestine all his actions to failure.

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
British Dictionary definitions for predestine


verb (transitive)
to foreordain; determine beforehand
(theol) (of God) to decree from eternity (any event, esp the final salvation of individuals)
Derived Forms
predestinable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin praedestināre to resolve beforehand, from destināre to determine, destine
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Word Origin and History for predestine

late 14c., "to foreordain," from Old French prédestiner (12c.) "predestine, ordain" (of God) and directly from Latin praedestinare "determine beforehand" (see predestination). Related: Predestined; predestining; predestinate.

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