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FATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Fate mean? 

FATE (noun)
  The noun FATE has 3 senses:

1. an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future
2. the ultimate agency that predetermines the course of events (often personified as a woman)
3. your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

  Familiarity information: FATE used as a noun is uncommon.


FATE (verb)
  The verb FATE has 1 sense:

1. decree or designate beforehand

  Familiarity information: FATE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FATE (noun)


Sense 1fate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

destiny; fate

Hypernyms ("fate" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fate"):

inevitable (an unavoidable event)

karma ((Hinduism and Buddhism) the effects of a person's actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation)

kismat; kismet ((Islam) the will of Allah)

predestination (previous determination as if by destiny or fate)

day of reckoning; doom; doomsday; end of the world (an unpleasant or disastrous destiny)


Sense 2Fate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The ultimate agency that predetermines the course of events (often personified as a woman)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Destiny; Fate

Context example:

we are helpless in the face of Destiny

Hypernyms ("Fate" is a kind of...):

causal agency; causal agent; cause (any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results)

Holonyms ("Fate" is a part of...):

occult; supernatural (supernatural forces and events and beings collectively)


Sense 3fate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

circumstances; luck; destiny; fate; lot; fortune; portion

Context examples:

whatever my fortune may be / deserved a better fate / has a happy lot / the luck of the Irish / a victim of circumstances / success that was her portion

Hypernyms ("fate" is a kind of...):

condition (a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fate"):

good fortune; good luck; luckiness (an auspicious state resulting from favorable outcomes)

providence (a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures)

bad luck; ill luck; misfortune; tough luck (an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes)

failure (lack of success)


FATE (verb)


Sense 1fate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Decree or designate beforehand

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

destine; doom; fate; designate

Context example:

She was destined to become a great pianist

Hypernyms (to "fate" is one way to...):

ordain (issue an order)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


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