Destiny is what's meant to be, what's written in the stars, your inescapable fate. You might think it's your destiny to own a dog, but your sad goldfish survival rate should tell you that happy pets probably aren't in your future.

A noun meaning fate, destiny is synonymous with other nouns like divine decree, fortune, and serendipity. There's no avoiding destiny β€” it's going to happen no matter what you do. But before you get bogged down worrying about what the distant future holds, remember what Winston Churchill said: β€œIt is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.”

Definitions of destiny

n the ultimate agency regarded as predetermining the course of events (often personified as a woman)

“we are helpless in the face of destiny
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causal agency, causal agent, cause
any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results

n your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

circumstances, fate, fortune, lot, luck, portion
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good fortune, good luck, luckiness
an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes
a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
bad luck, ill luck, misfortune, tough luck
an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes
lack of success
prosperity, successfulness
the condition of prospering; having good fortune
blessing, boon
a desirable state
the condition of being financially weak
adversity, hard knocks, hardship
a state of misfortune or affliction
gutter, sewer, toilet
misfortune resulting in lost effort or money
hard cheese
bad luck
a state of complete lack of some abstract property
bank failure
the inability of a bank to meet its credit obligations
crop failure
the failure of crops to produce a marketable surplus
dead duck
something doomed to failure
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a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing

n an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future

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an unavoidable event
(Hinduism and Buddhism) the effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation
kismat, kismet
(Islam) the will of Allah
previous determination as if by destiny or fate
day of reckoning, doom, doomsday, end of the world
an unpleasant or disastrous destiny
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happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens