Definition of predestinate in English:



Pronunciation /priːˈdɛstɪneɪt/
  • Predestine.

    • ‘Because the great predestinating purpose of God is to conform us to the likeness of His Son.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other verses emphasise the same truth - the God who chooses us predestinates us.’
    • ‘But this passage has to do with a people chosen from before the overthrow, blest with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places, having received the adoption, predestinated according to God's purpose, etc., etc.’
    preordained, ordained, foreordained, destined, predetermined, fated
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Pronunciation /priːˈdɛstɪnət/
  • Predestined.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It seems that Ed and I just don't fit into the predestinated mold that the government and the general society would like us to.’
    • ‘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.’


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