verb (used with object), fat·ed, fat·ing.
- fatality rate,
- fate map,
- fate worse than death, a,
Origin of fate
Examples from the Web for fate
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|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|DAILY BEAST
So how concerned should people be about the fate of the VSV vaccine?
In the same place, and at the same time, he received his first authentic news of the fate of the Adventuress.The Destroying Angel|Louis Joseph Vance
It goes without saying that the duke soon heard of the shepherd, for he had been anxiously awaiting the fate of the two governors.Czechoslovak Fairy Tales|Parker Fillmore
The chiefs fought fiercely, like men who know that their fate is sealed, and are determined to sell their lives dearly.Mark Seaworth|William H.G. Kingston
He was too desperate to curse his fate—he could only long for food.The Ape, the Idiot & Other People|W. C. Morrow
She had almost decided to run away—she could not face Myra's fate.Tess of the Storm Country|Grace Miller White
Word Origin for fate
late 14c., from Latin fata, neuter plural of fatum "prophetic declaration, oracle, prediction," thus "that which is ordained, destiny, fate," literally "thing spoken (by the gods)," from neuter past participle of fari "to speak," from PIE *bha- (2) "speak" (see fame (n.)).
The Latin sense evolution is from "sentence of the Gods" (Greek theosphaton) to "lot, portion" (Greek moira, personified as a goddess in Homer), also "one of the three goddesses (Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos) who determined the course of a human life." The native word was wyrd (see weird).
"to preordain as if by fate; to be destined by fate," c.1600, from fate (n.). Related: Fated; fating. Earlier it meant "to destroy" (c.1400).
In addition to the idioms beginning with fate
- fate worse than death, a
- seal one's fate
- tempt fate