fate Definition

  • 1the development of events beyond a person's control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power
  • 2the course of someone's life, or the outcome of a particular situation for someone or something, seen as beyond their control

Using fate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "fate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She believes that fate brought them together.

  • Example

    It was his fate to become a successful businessman.

  • Example

    The fate of the company is in your hands.

  • Example

    He met his fate at the hands of the enemy.

fate Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for fate

Idioms Using fate

  • an unexpected change in a situation or event that affects someone's life


    A twist of fate brought them together again after years of being apart.

  • to let something happen without trying to influence or control it


    I'm not going to study for the exam and just leave it to fate.

  • to distinguish between what is valuable or important and what is not


    The competition will separate the wheat from the chaff and only the best will succeed.

Phrases with fate

  • seal someone's fate

    to determine or decide someone's future, often in a negative way


    His poor performance in the interview sealed his fate and he didn't get the job.

  • to do something that is risky or dangerous, especially when you are already in a difficult situation


    I don't want to tempt fate by driving in this heavy rain.

  • accept one's fate

    to come to terms with an unpleasant or difficult situation that cannot be changed


    After losing his job, he had to accept his fate and start looking for a new one.

Origins of fate

from Middle English 'fāt', from Old French 'destinée', from Latin 'fatum', meaning 'that which has been spoken'


Summary: fate in Brief

The term 'fate' [feɪt] refers to events beyond a person's control, often determined by a supernatural power. It can also refer to the outcome of a situation or the course of someone's life. Examples include 'She believes that fate brought them together.' and 'He met his fate at the hands of the enemy.' Phrases like 'seal someone's fate' and idioms like 'a twist of fate' further illustrate the concept of fate.

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