bound for a certain destination: a freighter destined for Manila.
ordained, appointed, or predetermined to be or do something.
liable, planning, or intending to be or do something.

Nearby words

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

Origin of destined

First recorded in 1590–1600; destine + -ed2

Related formsun·des·tined, adjective



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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for destined

British Dictionary definitions for destined


adjective (postpositive)

foreordained or certain; meanthe is destined to be famous
(usually foll by for) heading (towards a specific destination); directeda letter destined for Europe



(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 destined



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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