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English definition of “destiny”

destiny

noun     /ˈdes.tɪ.ni/
C1 [C] the things that will happen in the future : The destiny of our nation depends on this vote ! She felt that her destiny had been shaped by her gender . People want to control / determine /take charge of their own destinies.In the future and soon C1 [U] the force that some people think controls what happens in the future , and is outside human control : You can't fight destiny. He is a tragic victim of destiny.Fate and destiny
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