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Destine

Destine

to determine the future condition or application of; to set apart by design for a future use or purpose; to fix, as by destiny or by an authoritative decree; to doom; to ordain or preordain; to appoint; often with the remoter object preceded by to or for. We are decreed, Reserved, and destined to eternal woe. (Milton) Till the loathsome opposite Of all my heart had destined, did obtain. (Tennyson) Not enjoyment and not sorrow Is our destined end or way. (Longfellow)

Synonym: to design, mark out, determine, allot, choose, intend, devote, consecrate, doom.

Origin: f. Destiner, L. Destinare; de _ the root of stare to stand. See stand, and cf. Obstinate.


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