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
  1. noun
    the ultimate agency regarded as predetermining the course of events (often personified as a woman)
    synonyms: destiny
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    causal agency, causal agent, cause
    any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
  2. noun
    an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future
    synonyms: destiny
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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
  3. noun
    your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
    “deserved a better fate
    synonyms: 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
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    a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing
  4. verb
    decree or designate beforehand
    synonyms: designate, destine, doom
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    type of:
    issue an order
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