[ des-tind ]
/ ˈdɛs tɪnd /


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


un·des·tined, adjective

Definition for destined (2 of 2)

[ 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.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for destined (1 of 2)

/ (ˈdɛstɪnd) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for destined (2 of 2)

/ (ˈdɛstɪn) /


(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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