[ pri-des-tin ]
/ prɪˈdɛs tɪn /

verb (used with object), pre·des·tined, pre·des·tin·ing.

to destine in advance; foreordain; predetermine: He seemed predestined for the ministry.

Nearby words

  1. predesignate,
  2. predestinarian,
  3. predestinate,
  4. predestination,
  5. predestinator,
  6. predestined,
  7. predeterminate,
  8. predeterminately,
  9. predetermination,
  10. predetermine

Origin of predestine

1350–1400; Middle English predestinen < Latin praedestināre. See pre-, destine

Related formspre·des·ti·na·ble, adjectiveun·pre·des·tined, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for predestine

  • He lived, as it were, under the shadow of some fatal curse which seemed to predestine all his actions to failure.

British Dictionary definitions for predestine



/ (priːˈdɛstɪn) /

verb (tr)

to foreordain; determine beforehand
theol (of God) to decree from eternity (any event, esp the final salvation of individuals)
Derived Formspredestinable, adjective

Word Origin for predestine

C14: from Latin praedestināre to resolve beforehand, from destināre to determine, destine

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Word Origin and History for predestine



late 14c., "to foreordain," from Old French prédestiner (12c.) "predestine, ordain" (of God) and directly from Latin praedestinare "determine beforehand" (see predestination). Related: Predestined; predestining; predestinate.

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