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verb (used with object), des·tined, des·tin·ing.
  1. to set apart for a particular use, purpose, etc.; design; intend.
  2. to appoint or ordain beforehand, as by divine decree; foreordain; predetermine.
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Origin of destine

1250–1300; Middle English destinen < Old French destiner < Latin dēstināre to establish, determine, equivalent to dē- de- + *stanāre, derivative of stāre to stand
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Related Words for destine

doom, intend, appoint, decree, foreordain, earmark, decide, fate, devote, predestine, dedicate, preordain, consecrate, design, purpose, determine, reserve, assign, allot, preform

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Historical Examples of destine

  • It would have been to plant the Travers here on the very spot I destine for myself.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • Where the æons ahead of us destine it to end none of us can tell.

    An American Suffragette

    Isaac N. Stevens

  • But fortune did not destine that he should long enjoy his honours in peace.

    Napoleon's Marshals

    R. P. Dunn-Pattison

  • Your family, young man, destine you to some career, do they?

    A Start in Life

    Honore de Balzac

  • For in 3840 is matere men weren wont to maken questiouns of e simplicite of e purueaunce of god and of e ordre of destine.

British Dictionary definitions for destine


  1. (tr) to set apart or appoint (for a certain purpose or person, or to do something); intend; design
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Word Origin for destine

C14: from Old French destiner, from Latin dēstināre to appoint, from de- + -stināre, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for destine


c.1300, from Old French destiner (12c.), from Latin destinare "make fast or firm, establish" (see destination). Originally in English of the actions of deities, fate, etc. Of human choices or actions, from early 16c. Related: Destined.

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