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.

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

Contemporary Examples of destined

Historical Examples of destined

  • But Robert was destined to fall in with him at a future day.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • But thus it always is with persons who are destined to perform great things.

    The Three Golden Apples

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • He did not know that he was destined to stay there as long as he should live.

  • It was afterwards understood that he was destined for the navy.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • He was in ill health, and did not appear to be destined to a long life.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

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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