something that unavoidably befalls a person; fortune; lot: It is always his fate to be left behind.
the universal principle or ultimate agency by which the order of things is presumably prescribed; the decreed cause of events; time: Fate decreed that they would never meet again.
that which is inevitably predetermined; destiny: Death is our ineluctable fate.
a prophetic declaration of what must be: The oracle pronounced their fate.
death, destruction, or ruin.
the Fates, Classical Mythology. the three goddesses of destiny, known to the Greeks as the Moerae and to the Romans as the Parcae.
to predetermine, as by the decree of fate; destine (used in the passive): a person who was fated to be the savior of the country.
- fate , fete
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How to use fate in a sentence
In the near-term, that path forward will depend largely on the fate of the next wave of fiscal relief and covid-19 vaccine developments.Mortgage rates stuck in neutral amid economic uncertainty | Kathy Orton | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
The State Department has expressed concern over the fate of two brothers from Chechnya who were arrested in Russia and returned to their homeland from which they fled.Brothers who fled Chechnya arrested, returned to homeland | Michael K. Lavers | February 10, 2021 | Washington Blade
So it seems Cuban’s attempt to stop playing the anthem will meet the same fate as others that came before it.Mavericks’ Mark Cuban isn’t the first to try to stop playing the national anthem | Matt Bonesteel | February 10, 2021 | Washington Post
This wasn’t the first time my father had come across a timberdoodle that met its fate by flying into an NYC skyscraper.
Kansas City would add just one more field goal in the third quarter, sealing their fate in a 31-9 loss, the 11th-highest point differential in Super Bowl history.That really was one of the least enjoyable Super Bowls of all time | Neil Greenberg | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Sybil is dead, as is Matthew; Gregson is missing with dark hints about his fate.
If we want to prevent others from your fate, we need to stop being so passive on these issues.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen | Parker Molloy | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The fate of AirAsia Flight 8501 and the 162 souls on board is a tragedy, but it will not remain a mystery for much longer.
Yet, much like the fate that fell the first season, ratings just plain weren't good.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards | Kevin Fallon | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So how concerned should people be about the fate of the VSV vaccine?
It seemed to free her of a responsibility which she had blindly assumed and for which fate had not fitted her.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Terror drives you on; fate coerces you; you can't help yourself, and my delight is to make the plunge terrible.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
She was a grown young woman when she was overtaken by what she supposed to be the climax of her fate.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Noble ambition—worthy of a less ignoble cause—a better fate!
He has a packet in his possession, that will inform Louis de Montemar of the fate of his father.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
British Dictionary definitions for fate
the ultimate agency that predetermines the course of events
the inevitable fortune that befalls a person or thing; destiny
the end or final result
a calamitous or unfavourable outcome or result; death, destruction, or downfall
(tr; usually passive) to predetermine; doom: he was fated to lose the game
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fate
In addition to the idioms beginning with fate
- fate worse than death, a
- seal one's fate
- tempt fate
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