destine

[ des-tin ]
/ ˈdɛs tɪn /

verb (used with object), des·tined, des·tin·ing.

to set apart for a particular use, purpose, etc.; design; intend.
to appoint or ordain beforehand, as by divine decree; foreordain; predetermine.

Nearby words

  1. destem,
  2. desterilize,
  3. desterro,
  4. destin,
  5. destination,
  6. destined,
  7. destiny,
  8. destitute,
  9. destitution,
  10. destock

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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British Dictionary definitions for destine

destine

/ (ˈdɛstɪn) /

verb

(tr) to set apart or appoint (for a certain purpose or person, or to do something); intend; design

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

destine

v.

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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