See also: Fate
From Latin fata (“prediction”), plural of fatum, from fatus (“spoken”), from for (“to speak”). In this sense, displaced native Old English wyrd, whence Modern English weird.
fate (countable and uncountable, plural fates)
- 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:
- 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.
- The effect, consequence, outcome, or inevitable events predetermined by this cause.
- An event or a situation which is inevitable in the fullness of time.
- Destiny; often with a connotation of death, ruin, misfortune, etc.
- Accept your fate.
- (mythology) Alternative letter-case form of Fate (one of the goddesses said to control the destiny of human beings).
- (biochemistry) The products of a chemical reaction in their final form in the biosphere.
- 2019 July 12, Danielle Freeman, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, retrieved 2 August 2022:
- It’s important to research chemical fate because chemical fate is the best tool we have for understanding and managing human health risks or environmental damage caused by chemical release.
- (embryology) The mature endpoint of a region, group of cells or individual cell in an embryo, including all changes leading to that mature endpoint
- Synonym: developmental pathway
that which predetermines events
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fate (third-person singular simple present fates, present participle fating, simple past and past participle fated)
- (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.
- In some uses this may imply it causes the inevitable event.
- (embryology) J.M.W. Slack (1991), “The concepts of experimental embryology”, in From Egg to Embryo, 2 edition, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 32
- inflection of fare:
- (transitive) to hit
- (intransitive) to hit
- Katarzyna Izabela Wojtylak (2017) A grammar of Murui (Bue): a Witotoan language of Northwest Amazonia., Townsville: James Cook University press (PhD thesis), page 130
fate (present tense fatar, past tense fata, past participle fata, passive infinitive fatast, present participle fatande, imperative fate/fat)
- Alternative form of fata
From Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *ǝpat, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *ǝpat, from Proto-Austronesian *Sǝpat.
- Alternative form of fat