Definition of not to be in English:

not to be

phrase

  • Not destined to come about.

    ‘everyone wanted a happy ending, but it was not to be’
    • ‘She does want to have a child but that's not to be.’
    • ‘I sort of hoped we'd be stuck and adopted by another local family but it was not to be.’
    • ‘I have always wanted a brother but it was not to be.’
    • ‘Hopes had been high that this could be the year for them to stamp their class on the competition but it was not to be.’
    • ‘I'm sure Denis would much prefer to be going in to Sunday's match on the back of a win but it was not to be.’