Definition of predestinate in English:



Pronunciation /prēˈdestəˌnāt//priˈdɛstəˌneɪt/
  • Predestine.

    • ‘Because the great predestinating purpose of God is to conform us to the likeness of His Son.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    preordained, ordained, foreordained, destined, predetermined, fated
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Pronunciation /ˌprēˈdestənət//ˌpriˈdɛstənət/
  • Predestined.

    • ‘But if we are among the elect, surely we shall rise from sin to fulfil God's predetermined purpose. ‘The whole Christ’ is predestinate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.