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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [pri-des-tin]
    • /prɪˈdɛs tɪn/
    • /priːˈdestɪn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [pri-des-tin]
    • /prɪˈdɛs tɪn/

Definitions of predestine word

  • verb with object predestine to destine in advance; foreordain; predetermine: He seemed predestined for the ministry. 1
  • transitive verb predestine destine sb for sth 1
  • transitive verb predestine predetermine sth 1
  • verb predestine to foreordain; determine beforehand 0
  • verb predestine (of God) to decree from eternity (any event, esp the final salvation of individuals) 0
  • verb transitive predestine to destine or decree beforehand; foreordain 0

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Origin of predestine

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English predestinen < Latin praedestināre. See pre-, destine

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Parts of speech for Predestine


predestine popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 59% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 58% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

predestine usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for predestine

verb predestine

  • choose — If you choose someone or something from several people or things that are available, you decide which person or thing you want to have.
  • circumstanced — simple past tense and past participle of circumstance.
  • coopt — to add (someone) to a committee, board, etc, by the agreement of the existing members
  • cupped — hollowed like a cup; concave
  • cupping — the process of applying a cupping glass to the skin

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