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predestine

[pri-des-tin] /prɪˈdɛs tɪn/
verb (used with object), predestined, predestining.
1.
to destine in advance; foreordain; predetermine:
He seemed predestined for the ministry.
Origin of predestine
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English predestinen < Latin praedestināre. See pre-, destine
Related forms
predestinable, adjective
unpredestined, adjective
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  • Now it did seem that Langdon had come into his own—that he had found his predestined master.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • He that is to be saved will be saved, and he that is predestined to be damned will be damned.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • Really, our predestined paths are badly tangled, just now; aren't they?

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • The life that was within him knew that it was the one way out, the way he was predestined to tread.

    White Fang Jack London
  • The logic of the revolution has worked to its predestined conclusion.

  • But to him it was one of the little ways of his predestined mate, old age.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • It was like predestined welcome, a confirming of his hardihood.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • But it was poor Tomassov's lot to be the predestined victim.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • It seemed to me that I had always known him, that we were predestined for each other.

British Dictionary definitions for predestined

predestine

/priːˈdɛstɪn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to foreordain; determine beforehand
2.
(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 predestined

predestine

v.

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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