[ pri-des-tin ]
See synonyms for: predestinepredestined on

verb (used with object),pre·des·tined, pre·des·tin·ing.
  1. to destine in advance; foreordain; predetermine: He seemed predestined for the ministry.

Origin of predestine

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English predestinen, from Latin praedestināre; see pre-, destine

Other words from predestine

  • pre·des·ti·na·ble, adjective

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How to use predestine in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for predestine



/ (priːˈdɛstɪn) /

  1. to foreordain; determine beforehand

  2. theol (of God) to decree from eternity (any event, esp the final salvation of individuals)

Origin of predestine

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

Derived forms of predestine

  • predestinable, adjective

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