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 fates
Retrieving him at least reminds soldiers that we will never abandon them to their fates, right or wrong.We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night|Nathan Bradley Bethea|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We sat in the corner of a studio near his unfinished group of the “Fates.”Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Years later, they would joke among themselves in harsh terms about the fates of folks they felt had betrayed them.The Hillary-Haters’ Book Club Will Never Run Out of Things to Read|Michelle Cottle|January 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was a strategic error to tie their fates to those regimes.
But together, we can rediscover a purpose without surrendering American politics to the Fates.
Toad let the horse pass, and stood waiting for what the fates were sending him.The Wind in the Willows|Kenneth Grahame
It is a solitary, hermit-like sound, as if the bird were alone in the world, and called upon the Fates to witness his desolation.Locusts and Wild Honey|John Burroughs
But the fates are against him—size and breeding tell, and the bay wins.Two Years in Oregon|Wallis Nash
Verily, my expedition was pursued by adverse fortunes, and it seemed as if the Fates had determined upon our return.How I Found Livingstone|Henry M. Stanley
The Fates refuse to lengthen Admetos' life, unless some one love him well enough to die for him.The Poetry Of Robert Browning|Stopford A. Brooke
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