destine

The verb destine means to predetermine the way something will end up. In Greek mythology, sharing fire with humans destines Prometheus to have his liver eaten by an eagle every day. Um, thanks?

Scientists believe that failing to reverse climate change will destine our planet to some irreversible negative effects. And refusing to take swimming lessons might destine you to feeling left out every summer, as you watch your friends diving into pools and swimming holes. The Old French root is destinée, "purpose, intent, fate, or destiny."

Definitions of destine
  1. verb
    decree or designate beforehand
    “She was destined to become a great pianist”
    synonyms: designate, doom, fate
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    type of:
    ordain
    issue an order
  2. verb
    design or destine
    synonyms: designate, intend, specify
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    mean
    destine or designate for a certain purpose
    design
    plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect
    slate
    designate or schedule
    aim, calculate, direct
    specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
    type of:
    plan
    make plans for something
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