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1 an event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future [syn: destiny]
2 the ultimate agency that predetermines the course of events (often personified as a woman); "we are helpless in the face of Destiny" [syn: Destiny]
3 your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you); "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" [syn: fortune, destiny, luck, lot, circumstances, portion] v : decree or designate beforehand; "She was destined to become a great pianist" [syn: destine, doom, designate]

User Contributed Dictionary



From fata (neutral plural of fatum).



  1. The cause, force, principle, or divine will that predetermines events.
  2. The effect, consequence, outcome, or inevitable events predetermined by this cause.
  3. Destiny (perhaps connotes death, ruin, misfortune, etc.).
    Accept your fate
  4. The three goddesses (The Fates) of classic European mythology who are said to control the fate of human beings.

Derived terms

Related terms


that which predetermines events
  • Czech: osud
  • Hebrew:
inevitable events
  • Czech: osud
  • Hebrew: [luck],
  • Indonesian: nasib





  1. Plural of fata

Extensive Definition

Fate may refer to:
  • Destiny, an inevitable course of events
  • Fatalism, a philosophical doctrine



  • Fate (magazine), a magazine of paranormal phenomena
  • Doctor Fate, a succession of DC Comics sorcerer characters, first published in 1940
    • Fate (comics), a character associated with Doctor Fate, or the eponymous comics series
  • Fate/stay night, a Japanese visual novel and its adaptations


Other uses

See also

fate in German: Fate
fate in Japanese: フェイト
fate in Slovak: Fate

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Friday, Friday the thirteenth, Heaven, Paradise, Z, a better place, accidentality, act of God, actuarial calculation, adventitiousness, afterlife, afterworld, allocate, allot, allotment, allowance, apodosis, appoint, appointed lot, appropriate to, assign, assign to, astral influences, astrology, bane, big end, bigger half, bit, bite, book of fate, break, budget, casualness, catastrophe, ceasing, certainty, cessation, chance, chunk, circumstance, coda, collapse, commission, conclusion, consequence, constellation, consummation, contingent, crack of doom, culmination, cup, curtain, curtains, cut, deal, death, death knell, deathblow, decease, denouement, destinate, destination, destine, destiny, destruction, detail, determine, devote, dies funestis, disaster, disposition, dividend, dole, doom, downfall, earmark, effect, end, end point, ending, envoi, epilogue, equal share, eschatology, eternal home, expiration, fatality, fatefulness, final solution, final twitch, final words, finale, finality, finis, finish, flukiness, force majeure, foredoom, fortuitousness, fortuity, fortune, future, future state, gamble, goal, good fortune, good luck, half, halver, hap, happenstance, happy chance, heedless hap, helping, home, how they fall, ides of March, indefeasibility, indeterminacy, indeterminateness, ineluctability, inescapableness, inevasibleness, inevitability, inevitable accident, inevitableness, inexorability, inflexibility, interest, irrevocability, issue, izzard, karma, kismet, last, last breath, last gasp, last things, last trumpet, last words, latter end, law of averages, life, life after death, life to come, lot, luck, make assignments, mark, mark off, mark out for, measure, meed, mess, modicum, moiety, moira, necessity, nemesis, next world, omega, opportunity, ordain, otherworld, outcome, part, payoff, percentage, period, peroration, piece, planets, portion, portion off, postexistence, predetermination, preordain, principle of indeterminacy, probability, problematicness, proportion, providence, quantum, quietus, quota, rake-off, random sample, ration, relentlessness, reserve, resolution, resting place, restrict, restrict to, result, risk, ruin, run of luck, schedule, segment, serendipity, set, set apart, set aside, set off, share, slice, small share, stake, stars, statistical probability, stock, stoppage, stopping place, sureness, swan song, tag, term, terminal, termination, terminus, the beyond, the breaks, the good hereafter, the grave, the great beyond, the great hereafter, the hereafter, the unknown, theory of probability, unavoidable casualty, unavoidableness, uncertainty, uncertainty principle, uncontrollability, undeflectability, undoing, unlucky day, unpreventability, unyieldingness, upshot, vis major, weird, what bodes, what is fated, whatever comes, wheel of fortune, will of Heaven, windup, world to come
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