Pronunciation Noun


  1. The presumed cause, force, principle, or divine will that predetermines events.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0105 ↗:
      Captain Edward Carlisle […] felt a curious sensation of helplessness seize upon him as he met her steady gaze, […]; he could not tell what this prisoner might do. He cursed the fate which had assigned such a duty, cursed especially that fate which forced a gallant soldier to meet so superb a woman as this under handicap so hard.
  2. The effect, consequence, outcome, or inevitable events predetermined by this cause.
  3. Destiny; often with a connotation of death, ruin, misfortune, etc.
    Accept your fate.
  4. (mythology) Alternative letter-case form of Fate#English|Fate (one of the goddesses said to control the destiny of human beings).
Synonyms Antonyms Related terms
  • amor fati (Amor fati)
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fate (fates, present participle fating; past and past participle fated)

  1. (transitive) To foreordain or predetermine, to make inevitable.
    The oracle's prediction fated Oedipus to kill his father; not all his striving could change what would occur.
    • 2011, James Al-Shamma, Sarah Ruhl: A Critical Study of the Plays (page 119)
      At the conclusion of this part, Eric, who plays Jesus and is now a soldier, captures Violet in the forest, fating her to a concentration camp.

Proper noun
  1. Any one of the Fates.
  2. A personification of fate (the cause that predetermines events).

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