Definition of destined in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛstɪnd/


1(Of a person’s future) regarded as developing as though according to a pre-existing plan: 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): the Act seems destined to failure
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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 travelling towards (a particular place): the shipment of illegal drugs destined for American and European markets
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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;
directed to, routed to;
intended, meant, designed, set;
set apart, designated, appointed, allotted, booked, 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, preordained, foreordained, predestined, predetermined, certain;
sure, bound, assured, guaranteed, very likely;
doomed, foredoomed, meant;
written in the cards, in the wind/air
British informal nailed on

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