- 1 [mass noun] The development of events outside a person’s control, regarded as predetermined by a supernatural power: fate decided his course for him his injury is a cruel twist of fateMore example sentences
destiny, providence, God's will, nemesis, kismet, astral influence, the stars, what is written in the stars, one's lot in life; predestination, predetermination; chance, luck, serendipity, fortuity, fortune, hazard, Lady Luck, Dame Fortune; Hinduism & Buddhism karma• archaic dole, cup, heritage
- By a strange twist of fate, that actually is what the book was called.
- Yet by an ironic twist of fate he is blind to the world around him, losing Dot, who is expecting his child, to a pastry maker.
- However, it was a cruel twist of fate that robbed him yet again of a sprint race win and, therefore, of an Irish double.
- 1.1 [count noun] The course of someone’s life, or the outcome of a situation for someone or something, seen as outside their control: he stared at the faces of the committee, trying to guess his fateMore example sentences
- Men controlled the fates of women, whose expected aim in life was to marry well.
- While their paths diverged after 1990, their fates are entwined again this season.
- Did they realize too, that their fates were inextricably fixed to the outcome of that day's actions?
- 1.2 [in singular] The inescapable death of a person: the guards led her to her fateMore example sentences
- It is easy to see that this was the logical response to the dawning realisation of death as the fate of us all.
- His fate, death by firing squad, would hardly seem a cause for celebration.
- Jesus is not praying to be rescued from death, for that is the fate of all human beings.
- 2 (the Fates) Greek & Roman Mythology The three goddesses who preside over the birth and life of humans. Each person was thought of as a spindle, around which the three Fates (Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos) would spin the thread of human destiny.More example sentences
the weird sisters; Roman Mythology the Parcae; Greek Mythology the Moirai; Scandinavian Mythology the Norns
- They're called the three Fates: The Clotho, The Lachesis and The Atropos, named after the Greek mythology.
- And the sort of Goddess which the Fates held out to me was contained in the Old Religion.
- Atropos is the name of one of the Fates, mythical beings who controlled the destinies of humans.
- 2.1 (Fates) another term for Norns.
verb(be fated) Back to top
- Be destined to happen, turn out, or act in a particular way: [with infinitive]: the regime was fated to end badlyMore example sentences
- It is also a great New York story, a tai chi story, an accidental but somehow fated destiny.
- Could the unearthing of that page really have fated this destiny for us?
- The hard choice often perplexes them and they sometimes believe the decision is fated.
a fate worse than death
- see death.
seal someone's fate
- Make it inevitable that something unpleasant will happen to someone: he had cheated the boss and sealed his own fateMore example sentences
- He seals your fate, but looks confused if you protest.
- He then takes to visiting the mad ward daily, an act which seals his fate.
- And once you resist their military, you're pretty much sealing your fate.
late Middle English: from Italian fato or (later) from its source, Latin fatum 'that which has been spoken', from fari 'speak'.