tr.v. des·tined, des·tin·ing, des·tines
1. To cause to have a certain outcome; preordain by fate or fortune: a foolish scheme destined to fail; a film destined to become a classic.
2. To assign for a specific end, use, or purpose: money destined to pay for their child's education.
3. To direct toward a given destination: a flight destined for Tokyo.
[Middle English destinen, from Old French destiner; see DESTINY.]
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