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[des-tuh-ney-shuh n] /ˌdɛs təˈneɪ ʃən/
the place to which a person or thing travels or is sent:
Her destination was Rome.
the purpose for which something is destined.
noting an attraction or event that people are willing to travel a long distance to get to, either because it is very good or distinctive or because it is located in a popular and interesting place: destination restaurants and resorts;
a destination wedding in the Caribbean.
Origin of destination
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin dēstinātiōn- (stem of dēstinātiō) an establishing, purpose, equivalent to dēstināt(us) (past participle of dēstināre; see destine) + -iōn- -ion
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multidestination, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for destination
  • The goal was to create a destination at the end of an adventure, he says.
  • Thus he did not reach the place of his destination till noon on the day preceding his birthday.
  • IN a new twist, the high-end variations on time shares known as destination clubs are becoming even more specialized.
  • There's nothing better to get you in the mood for a destination than its music.
  • The path through the wormhole is topologically distinct from other routes one could follow to the same destination.
  • But it's the journey as well as the destination that makes it so alluring.
  • We live and breathe our vacation destination for a month before we're set to leave.
  • Have students look at the lists and at a map to try to figure out the destination and the intermediate stops.
  • One of our favorite activities is to troll some of the food and restaurant websites and seek our next destination.
  • Add your location and destination and you get directions and an embedded map with the route marked.
British Dictionary definitions for destination


the predetermined end of a journey or voyage
the ultimate end or purpose for which something is created or a person is destined
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Word Origin and History for destination

1590s, "act of appointing," from Latin destinationem (nominative destinatio) "purpose, design," from past participle stem of destinare "determine, appoint, choose, make firm or fast," from de- "completely, formally" (see de-) + -stinare, related to stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Modern sense (1787) is from place of destination, where one is "destined" to go.

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