Share this entry

predestinate Line breaks: pre|des¦tin|ate

Definition of predestinate in English:


Pronunciation: /priːˈdɛstɪneɪt/
[with object]
Example sentences
  • Because the great predestinating purpose of God is to conform us to the likeness of His Son.
  • Other verses emphasise the same truth - the God who chooses us predestinates us.
  • Though it is never said that the non-elect are predestinated to damnation, Augustine was inclined to distinguish his view from Manichee dualism by stressing freedom in God, not freedom in man.


Pronunciation: /priːˈdɛstɪnət/
Back to top  
Example sentences
  • But if we are among the elect, surely we shall rise from sin to fulfil God's predetermined purpose. ‘The whole Christ’ is predestinate.
  • For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn.
  • By stars and red checks, smiles and frowns, prizes, honors, and disgraces, I teach kids to surrender their will to the predestinated chain of command.


Late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin praedestinat- 'made firm beforehand', from the verb praedestinare, from prae 'in advance' + destinare 'establish'.

Words that rhyme with predestinate


Definition of predestinate in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coiffeur
Pronunciation: kwɑːˈfəː
a hairdresser