Definition of predestine in US English:

predestine

verb

[with object]usually be predestined
  • 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’
    • ‘But you are not predestined to repeat your father's mistakes.’
    • ‘It is through grace, as Augustine explains, not merit, that God predestines his elect.’
    • ‘If anyone were predestined to write an opera on the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, it was surely Olivier Messiaen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘God might have predestined us to suffer from such a condition,’ he said.’
    • ‘Look at Ephesians 1: 5, ‘He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will.’’
    • ‘From a very young age, he was predestined to follow a classic scientist's career.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unlike Simba, she is not predestined for greatness.’
    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’
      ‘she was certain that fate was with her and everything was predestined’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although the lead swapped hands just five times in the match there was something predestined about the result.’
      • ‘Events take on a predestined feel after they have happened; we only remember the hunches that turned out right.’
      • ‘Looking back from the year 2030 it will appear as if the world conspired to ensure that a predestined event occurred.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of course Rhyann had absolutely no clue what exactly what predestined event her grandmother was trying to halt.’
      • ‘Why would God give us freedom and free will if everything is predestined?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They continued on their predestined course, and Copperhead exhaled.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It steers her vessel down the river, as if on a predestined course.’
      • ‘Zhi Ming went on to say that as a monk, one follows predestined arrangements and doesn't necessarily expect to win such cases.’
      • ‘Then, when I finally sat down to write it, the entire novel veered completely off its predestined course.’
      preordained, ordained, foreordained, destined, predetermined, fated
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French predestiner or ecclesiastical Latin praedestinare (see predestinate).

Pronunciation

predestine

/prēˈdestin//priˈdɛstɪn/