from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To fix upon, decide, or decree in advance; foreordain.
- transitive v. Theology To foreordain or elect by divine will or decree.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To determine the future or the fate of something in advance; to preordain.
- v. To foreordain by divine will.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To decree beforehand; to foreordain; to predestinate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To decree beforehand; predetermine; foreordain; predestinate.
- Synonyms See predestinate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. foreordain by divine will or decree
- v. foreordain or determine beforehand
- v. decree or determine beforehand
Middle English predestinen, from Old French predestiner, from Late Latin praedēstināre : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin dēstināre, to determine; see destiny.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)