Definition of predestine in English:



  • 1(of God) destine (someone) for a particular fate or purpose.

    ‘Calvinists believed that every person was predestined by God to go to heaven or to hell’
    • ‘From a very young age, he was predestined to follow a classic scientist's career.’
    • ‘But you are not predestined to repeat your father's mistakes.’
    • ‘He proposes that the pot may not criticize the potter, and that similarly humans may not object to God, who predestines some to salvation but rejects others.’
    • ‘Calvin, for example, never explicitly developed the doctrine of supralapsarianism, the belief that God predestined salvation or damnation for all humans even before the fall of Adam.’
    • ‘These are troubling times we are in mired in, for the Lord is witness to the crimes of his children and has predestined us to suffer for our sins.’
    • ‘Look at Ephesians 1: 5, ‘He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will.’’
    • ‘God might have predestined us to suffer from such a condition,’ he said.’
    • ‘Although Protestant reformers taught that God had predestined each individual to salvation or damnation, they still expected her to live a godly life, obeying God rather than man.’
    • ‘The first act of God to remedy the damage and danger, was to predestine an elect people to be restored to the image of his son.’
    • ‘It is through grace, as Augustine explains, not merit, that God predestines his elect.’
    • ‘Unlike Simba, she is not predestined for greatness.’
    • ‘Violet's behavior at the ball was caused by the simple fact that she saw a chance to leave Prydyn through marriage and she took it, even if she was predestined to fail.’
    • ‘If anyone were predestined to write an opera on the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, it was surely Olivier Messiaen.’
    preordained, ordained, foreordained, destined, predetermined, fated
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    1. 1.1 Determine (an outcome or course of events) in advance by divine will or fate.
      ‘our predestined end’
      • ‘It steers her vessel down the river, as if on a predestined course.’
      • ‘They continued on their predestined course, and Copperhead exhaled.’
      • ‘But I know I'm not going to pay any attention to those who tell me that the election result is predestined, even if… make that especially if they tell me what I want to hear.’
      • ‘Do not these causes and conditions, however complex, lead in the end to a mechanically predestined result, rather like an intricate clockwork wound up and set ticking?’
      • ‘Its raging waters rushed past him and disappeared over the horizon in the distance, continuing on its predestined course in a wild frenzy, oblivious to his presence.’
      • ‘Often times these predestined routes are quite creative, but mostly tanks follow the road and stop at a pre-set locations and enemy jets sometimes fly straight past you.’
      • ‘Looking back from the year 2030 it will appear as if the world conspired to ensure that a predestined event occurred.’
      • ‘Although the lead swapped hands just five times in the match there was something predestined about the result.’
      • ‘Then, when I finally sat down to write it, the entire novel veered completely off its predestined course.’
      • ‘Why would God give us freedom and free will if everything is predestined?’
      • ‘Zhi Ming went on to say that as a monk, one follows predestined arrangements and doesn't necessarily expect to win such cases.’
      • ‘Of course Rhyann had absolutely no clue what exactly what predestined event her grandmother was trying to halt.’
      • ‘Making room for new histories, that situate the events of l965 as one of many possibilities rather than as a predestined outcome, may be one way of reviving the truth and reconciliation commission in another form.’
      • ‘Events take on a predestined feel after they have happened; we only remember the hunches that turned out right.’
      • ‘Tenacious resistance was also demonstrated by the remnants of the First Army caught in the jaws of the German trap and knowing that the outcome was predestined.’
      preordained, ordained, foreordained, destined, predetermined, fated
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Late Middle English: from Old French predestiner or ecclesiastical Latin praedestinare (see predestinate).