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.

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.

Can be confused

fate fete (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for fates (1 of 2)

Fates

/ (feɪts) /

pl n

Greek myth the three goddesses who control the destinies of the lives of man, which are likened to skeins of thread that they spin, measure out, and at last cutSee Atropos, Clotho, Lachesis
Norse myth the NornsSee Norn 1

British Dictionary definitions for fates (2 of 2)

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 fates

fate


In addition to the idioms beginning with fate

  • fate worse than death, a

also see:

  • seal one's fate
  • tempt fate
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