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

  • transitive v. To appoint, decree, or ordain in advance; foreordain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To determine the fate of something in advance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To ordain or appoint beforehand: to predetermine: to foreordain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To ordain or decree beforehand; predetermine.

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

  • v. foreordain or determine beforehand


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