[ dih-vahyn ]
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adjective,di·vin·er, di·vin·est.
  1. of or relating to a god, especially the Supreme Being.

  2. addressed, appropriated, or devoted to God or a god; religious; sacred: divine worship.

  1. proceeding from God or a god: divine laws;divine guidance.

  2. godlike; characteristic of or befitting a deity: divine magnanimity.

  3. heavenly; celestial: the divine kingdom.

  4. extremely good; unusually lovely: He has the most divine tenor voice.

  5. being a god; being God: Zeus, Hera, and other divine beings in Greek mythology.

  6. of superhuman or surpassing excellence: Beauty is divine.

  7. Obsolete. of or relating to divinity or theology.

  1. a theologian; scholar in religion.

  2. a priest or member of the clergy.

  1. the Divine,

    • God.

    • (sometimes lowercase) the spiritual aspect of humans; the group of attributes and qualities of humankind regarded as godly or godlike.

verb (used with object),di·vined, di·vin·ing.
  1. to discover or declare (something obscure or in the future) by divination; prophesy.

  2. to discover (water, metal, etc.) by means of a divining rod.

  1. to perceive by intuition or insight; conjecture: She divined personal details about her customers based on their clothing and accents.It was not difficult to divine his true intent.

  2. Archaic. to portend.

verb (used without object),di·vined, di·vin·ing.
  1. to use or practice divination; prophesy.

  2. to have perception by intuition or insight; conjecture.

Origin of divine

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English divin(e), devin(e), from Old French devin(e), Latin dīvīnus, equivalent to dīv(us) “god” + -īnus -ine1

Other words for divine

Opposites for divine

Other words from divine

  • di·vin·a·ble, adjective
  • di·vine·ly, adverb
  • di·vine·ness, noun
  • half-di·vine, adjective
  • half-di·vine·ly, adverb
  • pre·di·vin·a·ble, adjective
  • pseu·do·di·vine, adjective
  • sub·di·vine, adjective
  • sub·di·vine·ly, adverb
  • sub·di·vine·ness, noun
  • su·per·di·vine, adjective
  • un·di·vin·a·ble, adjective
  • un·di·vined, adjective
  • un·di·vin·ing, adjective

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How to use divine in a sentence

  • He was talking about what could be divined from the final burst of data.

    The Secrets of Flight 447 | Clive Irving | June 6, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Bonaparte already foresaw the day when France should lie at his feet; he instinctively divined in Bernadotte a possible rival.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • She knew he had divined the one thing she had most dreaded in returning,—the crossing again the threshold of her own room.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
  • At the same time, behind her outer quietness and her calm, he divined struggle still.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • We had fallen a few steps behind the others, but somehow they divined our purpose and stopped, too.

  • In my sudden agitation he divined that that news had struck hard home, and that I was not blessed with his own philosophic nature.

British Dictionary definitions for divine


/ (dɪˈvaɪn) /

  1. of, relating to, or characterizing God or a deity

  2. godlike

  1. of, relating to, or associated with religion or worship: the divine liturgy

  2. of supreme excellence or worth

  3. informal splendid; perfect

  1. the divine (often capital) another term for God

  2. a priest, esp one learned in theology

  1. to perceive or understand (something) by intuition or insight

  2. to conjecture (something); guess

  1. to discern (a hidden or future reality) as though by supernatural power

  2. (tr) to search for (underground supplies of water, metal, etc) using a divining rod

Origin of divine

C14: from Latin dīvīnus, from dīvus a god; related to deus a god

Derived forms of divine

  • divinable, adjective
  • divinely, adverb
  • divineness, noun
  • diviner, noun

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