fate

[ feyt ]
/ feɪt /

noun

verb (used with object), fat·ed, fat·ing.

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.

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Origin of fate

1325–75; Middle English < Latin fātum utterance, decree of fate, destiny, orig. neuter of fātus, past participle of fārī to speak

SYNONYMS FOR fate

1 karma, kismet; chance, luck. Fate, destiny, doom refer to the idea of a fortune, usually adverse, that is predetermined and inescapable. The three words are frequently interchangeable. Fate stresses the irrationality and impersonal character of events: It was Napoleon's fate to be exiled. The word is often lightly used, however: It was my fate to meet her that very afternoon. Destiny emphasizes the idea of an unalterable course of events, and is often used of a propitious fortune: It was his destiny to save his nation. Doom especially applies to the final ending, always unhappy or terrible, brought about by destiny or fate: He met his doom bravely.
7 foreordain, preordain.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fate

fate fete (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for fate

fate
/ (feɪt) /

noun

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

verb

(tr; usually passive) to predetermine; doomhe was fated to lose the game

Word Origin for fate

C14: from Latin fātum oracular utterance, from fārī to speak
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Idioms and Phrases with fate

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