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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: destinee, from Latin destinare 'to fasten, fix'


des‧ti‧ny plural destinies
1 [countable usually singular] the things that will happen to someone in the future, especially those that cannot be changed or controlled [= fate]
somebody's destiny
Nancy wondered whether it was her destiny to live in England and marry Melvyn.
2 [uncountable]RFRO the power that some people believe decides what will happen to them in the future:
She always had a strong sense of destiny.

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