Definition of destined in English:


Syllabification: des·tined
Pronunciation: /ˈdestind


  • 1(Of a person’s future) developing as though according to a plan: she could see that he was destined for great things [with infinitive]: they were destined to become diplomats
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    • Sir Francis's two surviving sons were both destined for active service rather than the leisurely life of gentry on a country estate.
    • Prince William, who is destined one day to be King of England, was spotted and photographed on the ski slopes at the exclusive Swiss resort of Klosters.
    • Nor Michael Portillo, who has been almost completely absent from the public eye since he was passed over for the leadership for which he once seemed destined.
  • 1.1 (destined to) Certain to meet (a particular fate): she was destined to become a life-long friend
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    • They were destined, I am sure, to be eaten in the hotels around the Islands.
    • But extreme in loco parentis protection of legal adults from their own stupid decisions is a sick and dangerous idea, and one that's destined not just to fail but to backfire.
    • Then it was a bitterly divided, gurning sort of town, uncertain about its cultural future, destined apparently to cede ground to the self-confidently expanding Glasgow, City of Culture 1990.
  • 1.2 (destined for) Intended for or traveling toward (a particular place): agricultural exports destined for the United States
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    • He may well intend a decent slice of the cash destined for Anfield to be drawn, shamelessly, from public funds.
    • While the goal-bound effort took a deflection it was always destined for the back of the net.
    • A member of staff confirmed that any bags of tin cans left anywhere other than in the skip would be destined for landfill.
    heading, bound, en route, scheduled; intended, meant, designed, designated, allotted, reserved
  • 1.3 [attributive] Preordained: your heroine will be united with her destined mate
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    • And so my destined soul mate finally walks the earth.
    • The elves had long ago sworn protection of the royal house for future safety of its destined hero.
    • But we quickly discover our emotional focus within the imaginative Geruthe, destined bride of Horwendil.
    fated, ordained, predestined, meant; certain, sure, bound, assured, likely; doomed

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