[ feyt ]
/ feɪt /
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.
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 fatefate fete (see synonym study at the current entry)
Words nearby fate
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Example sentences from the Web for fating
This was a wolf on the defensive, fating a pack which had turned upon his leadership.Destiny|Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for fating
/ (feɪt) /
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; 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 fating
In addition to the idioms beginning with fate
- fate worse than death, a
- seal one's fate
- tempt fate
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