9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[des-tind] /ˈdɛs tɪnd/
bound for a certain destination:
a freighter destined for the Orient.
ordained, appointed, or predetermined to be or do something.
liable, planning, or intending to be or do something.
Origin of destined
1590-1600; destine + -ed2
Related forms
undestined, adjective


[des-tin] /ˈdɛs tɪn/
verb (used with object), destined, destining.
to set apart for a particular use, purpose, etc.; design; intend.
to appoint or ordain beforehand, as by divine decree; foreordain; predetermine.
1250-1300; Middle English destinen < Old French destiner < Latin dēstināre to establish, determine, equivalent to dē- de- + *stanāre, derivative of stāre to stand Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for destined
  • Exactly what haptic devices will be used for is still unclear, but they seem destined to become more widespread in future.
  • However, this particular student is not destined for such things in his future--if you get my meaning.
  • Some extinct animals have anatomical oddities that seem destined to be confined to the marginalia of history.
  • No matter what you do, the tree is going to shed needles destined to become lodged in the bottom of your foot.
  • Ivan seemed destined for infamy almost from the moment it formed.
  • These were destined for the altar of a magnificent stone abbey the settlers planned to build.
  • Some video game characters are destined for greatness.
  • IT sometimes seems that photographers and commercial publishers are incompatible species, destined endlessly to malign each other.
  • Of course, not all children are destined for a life in the sciences.
  • He seemed destined for even more glory in the field of cardiac genetics.
British Dictionary definitions for destined


adjective (postpositive)
foreordained or certain; meant: he is destined to be famous
(usually foll by for) heading (towards a specific destination); directed: a letter destined for Europe


(transitive) to set apart or appoint (for a certain purpose or person, or to do something); intend; design
Word Origin
C14: from Old French destiner, from Latin dēstināre to appoint, from de- + -stināre, from stāre to stand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for destined



c.1300, from Old French destiner (12c.), from Latin destinare "make fast or firm, establish" (see destination). Originally in English of the actions of deities, fate, etc. Of human choices or actions, from early 16c. Related: Destined.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for destined

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for destined

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with destined