from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To determine beforehand; preordain: a foolish scheme destined to fail; a film destined to become a classic.
  • transitive v. To assign for a specific end, use, or purpose: money destined to pay for their child's education.
  • transitive v. To direct toward a given destination: a flight destined for Tokyo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To preordain
  • v. To assign something (especially finance) for a particular use
  • v. To have a particular destination

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To determine the future condition or application of; to set apart by design for a future use or purpose; to fix, as by destiny or by an authoritative decree; to doom; to ordain or preordain; to appoint; -- often with the remoter object preceded by to or for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To set apart, ordain, or appoint to a use, purpose, office, or place.
  • To appoint or predetermine unalterably, as by a divine decree; doom; devote.
  • Synonyms To intend, mark out, consecrate, dedicate, decree, allot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. decree or designate beforehand
  • v. design or destine


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English destinen, from Old French destiner; see destiny.



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