predestine

[ 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.

QUIZZES

Can You Ace This Quiz About “Compliment” vs. “Complement”?
Take this quiz to see if you really know the difference between “compliment” and “complement"!
Question 1 of 11
“Compliment” and “complement” had a shared meaning a long time ago, but today they are no longer interchangeable.

Origin of predestine

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

OTHER WORDS FROM predestine

pre·des·ti·na·ble, adjectiveun·pre·des·tined, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences 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

predestine

predestinate

/ (priːˈdɛstɪn) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of predestine

predestinable, adjective

Word Origin for predestine

C14: from Latin praedestināre to resolve beforehand, from destināre to determine, destine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012