Definition of destiny in US English:



  • 1The events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future.

    ‘she was unable to control her own destiny’
    • ‘We may feel that we, as individuals, wish to be in more control of our own destinies.’
    • ‘It prolongs and intensifies the trauma already experienced by children who have little or no control over their destinies.’
    • ‘The respondents took to themselves the complete control over the bodies and destinies of the rescuees.’
    • ‘Certainly the holder of that office, competent or otherwise, seems to control the destinies of us all.’
    • ‘Your destiny, and the destinies of those who will come after you, must be fulfilled.’
    • ‘Suddenly, that began to give people some control over their own destinies.’
    • ‘The very destinies of future generations can be changed right here for eternity, I think.’
    • ‘The intricate events and various destinies interplay into a complicated story.’
    • ‘They would know that in future the destinies of all its citizens would be entirely in their own hands.’
    • ‘First Nations must have the right to control their own destinies, he said.’
    • ‘My father and his buddies were those guys on the front lines trying to control their own destinies.’
    • ‘Could the message here be that God controls all of our destinies and no one religion is better than another religion?’
    • ‘He thought the iron wire that controlled our destinies was temperament.’
    • ‘Dare one hope that those in charge of our destinies after elections will appreciate the necessity?’
    • ‘The forces of nature take us from being able to control our own lives, our own destinies.’
    • ‘The plan after the dissolution was that all people would be entirely independent and in control of their own destinies.’
    • ‘A decade later the vision would be modified to reflect the glories of a bygone era, and the tragedies of interrupted lives and unfulfilled destinies.’
    • ‘With international tensions relaxed, their destinies are uncertain and their loyalties up for grabs to the highest bidder.’
    • ‘Atropos is the name of one of the Fates, mythical beings who controlled the destinies of humans.’
    • ‘We must seize control of our own economic destinies as far as possible.’
    1. 1.1 The hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate.
      ‘he believes in destiny’
      • ‘Just because you don't believe in destiny doesn't mean to say some one won't make the choice of following their own free will!’
      • ‘Some people think it might have been fate or destiny that Redbill returned home to be set free.’
      • ‘Rachel I just want you to know that I believe that destiny will bring us back together.’
      • ‘For they all had to carry on the message of destiny now, everyone who had believed, everyone who'd had faith.’
      • ‘My only caveat - be careful of those that call upon destiny and fate to push their own agenda.’
      • ‘Fate and destiny intertwine and connect in ways you cannot possibly imagine.’
      • ‘He believes the hand of destiny is on his side, just as it was when he was tearing up the track everywhere from the Isle of Man to Japan.’
      • ‘I believe in fate and I do believe that there is a difference between fate and destiny.’
      • ‘It seems that people who want to achieve should believe in destiny, rather than chance.’
      • ‘Next up was my mother, with a speech about fate and destiny and how Mandy and I met.’
      • ‘I came here out of sheer chance, out of luck, destiny, fate or the alignment of the stars.’
      • ‘Shriya is a firm believer in God and destiny and says she took up whatever came her way.’
      • ‘We meet those who believe in reincarnation, those who believe in destiny and those who refuse to believe.’
      • ‘Everything that happened before is forgotten in the cruel wake of fate and destiny.’
      • ‘There can be room for each one of us to act within overall contours of fate and destiny.’
      • ‘This is enough explanation for a rational person, but not for a believer in destiny.’
      • ‘She may the only woman I know who is capable of thwarting biological destiny.’
      • ‘He could feel the strings of destiny twisting, shaping his future to an unavoidable fate.’
      • ‘I had to believe that history, destiny, was written at a much more profound level.’
      • ‘For Standard Life, the next few weeks will be testing ones as it counts its votes and plans its date with destiny.’
      future, fate, fortune, doom
      fate, providence
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Middle English: from Old French destinee, from Latin destinata, feminine past participle of destinare ‘make firm, establish’.