transitive verb (destined; destining) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French destiner, from Latin destinare, from de- + -stinare (akin to Latin stare to stand) — more at stand Date: 14th century 1. to decree beforehand ; predetermine 2. a. to designate, assign, or dedicate in advance <
the younger son was destined for the priesthood
a trait that destines them to failure
b. to direct, devise, or set apart for a specific purpose or place <
freight destined for European ports

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