Fate definition

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The supposed force, principle, or power that predetermines events.

Fate did not favor his career.

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The power or agency supposed to determine the outcome of events before they occur; destiny.
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The effect, consequence, outcome, or inevitable events predetermined by this cause.
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A final result or consequence; an outcome.

What was the fate of your project?

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(mythology) Alternative capitalization of Fate (one of the goddesses said to control the destiny of human beings).
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(greek & roman mythology) The three goddesses, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, who control human destiny. Used with the.
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Fate is defined as forces outside of your control that make things happen.

An example of fate is when you miss your bus and meet the person who will turn out to be your spouse while you are standing on the platform waiting on the next bus.

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An unfavorable outcome in life; doom or death.

Suffered a fate worse than death; the island where the explorer met his fate.

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Any of the three Fates.
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What happens or has happened to a person or entity; lot; fortune.
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The presumed cause, force, principle, or divine will that predetermines events.
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Destiny; often with a connotation of death, ruin, misfortune, etc.

Accept your fate.

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The oracle's prediction fated Oedipus to kill his father; not all his striving could change what would occur.

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A personification of fate (the cause that predetermines events).
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To destine.
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Death; destruction; doom.
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The inevitable events predestined by this force.

It was her fate to marry a lout.

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Something inevitable, supposedly determined by this power.
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Any one of the Fates.
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Final outcome.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fate
Plural:
Fates

Origin of fate

  • Middle English from Old French fat from Latin fātum prophecy, doom from neuter past participle of fārī to speak bhā-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin fata (“prediction”) (neutral plural of fatum), fatus 'spoken', fari (“to speak”).

    From Wiktionary