Is it your fate to win a fortune in the lottery and retire young? Better hope so. Fate is like destiny, so that means winning the lottery would be an inevitable outcome.

The word fate traces back to the Latin word fatum, meaning “that which has been spoken,” and something that's your fate is a done deal, not open to revision. If you feel like something is your fate, you feel it's beyond your control. Fate is often referred to directly, as if it were a supernatural power: “fate tore us apart." It can also describe your lot in life, like if it's your fate to take over the family farm.

Definitions of fate

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

Type of:
causal agency, causal agent, cause
any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results

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
Type of:
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens

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

“deserved a better fate
circumstances, destiny, 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
Type of:
a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing

v decree or designate beforehand

designate, destine, doom
Type of:
issue an order

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