Verb fate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


fate (third-person singular simple present fates, present participle fating, simple past and past participle fated)

  1. (transitive) To foreordain or predetermine, to make inevitable.

More definition:

1.something that unavoidably befalls a person; fortune; lot, It is always his fate to be left behind.

2.the universal principle or ultimate agency by which the order of things is presumably prescribed; the decreed cause of events; time, Fate decreed that they would never meet again.

3.that which is inevitably predetermined; destiny, Death is our ineluctable fate.

4.a prophetic declaration of what must be, The oracle pronounced their fate.

5.death, destruction, or ruin.

6.the Fates, Classical Mythology. the three goddesses of destiny, known to the Greeks as the Moerae and to the Romans as the Parcae. predetermine, as by the decree of fate; destine (used in the passive), a person who was fated to be the savior of the country.

1. the ultimate agency that predetermines the course of events

2. the inevitable fortune that befalls a person or thing; destiny

3. the end or final result

4. a calamitous or unfavourable outcome or result; death, destruction, or downfall verb

5. (transitive; usually passive) to predetermine; doom, he was fated to lose the game Word OriginC14, from Latin fātum oracular utterance, from fārī to speakCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 14c., from Latin fata, neuter plural of fatum "prophetic declaration, oracle, prediction," thus "that which is ordained, destiny, fate," literally "thing spoken (by the gods)," from neuter past participle of fari "to speak," from PIE *bha- (2) "speak" (see fame (n.)).The Latin sense evolution is from "sentence of the Gods" (Greek theosphaton) to "lot, portion" (Greek moira, personified as a goddess in Homer), also "one of the three goddesses (Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos) who determined the course of a human life." The native word was wyrd (see weird).
"to preordain as if by fate; to be destined by fate," c.1600, from fate (n.). Related, Fated; fating. Earlier it meant "to destroy" (c.1400).
In addition to the idioms beginning with fatefate worse than death, a also see, seal one's fate tempt fate The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


If he had intended her harm, fate had already provided him with ample opportunity.

A person couldn't avoid fate, but they could control the way they responded to it.

It's your fate, but I feel like you know this.

His breaths hung in suspension with his thoughts as he mulled the fate of two thousand souls.

The woman's fate was suddenly of more concern to Jule than messing with the purple-eyed or green-eyed trolls.

That is not the fate for you, my dear.

"It's your fate," she reminded herself.

You have a great fate to fulfill in this life yet.

Fate hadn't said anything about leaving.

Her eyes flew up to him at the words Fate had spoken to her.

The judgment of the jury was received with great applause, although Dorothy was sobbing miserably at the fate of her pet.

Fate, silent, pitiless, bars the way.

We have constructed a fate, an Atropos, that never turns aside.

Why here every ant was a Buttrick--"Fire! for God's sake fire!"--and thousands shared the fate of Davis and Hosmer.

He could not believe that her fate was sealed, especially as he had not seen her with Prince Andrew.

I only wonder that the fate of Russia could have been entrusted to such a man.

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