Meaning of “fate” in the English Dictionary

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"fate" in British English

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fatenoun

uk /feɪt/ us /feɪt/

B2 [ C usually singular ] what happens to a particular person or thing, especially something final or negative, such as death or defeat:

We want to decide our own fate.
His fate is now in the hands of the jury.
The disciples were terrified that they would suffer/meet the same fate as Jesus.

B2 [ U ] a power that some people believe causes and controls all events, so that you cannot change or control the way things will happen:

When we met again by chance in Cairo, I felt it must be fate.
Fate has brought us together.

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(Definition of “fate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fate" in American English

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something that happens to a person or thing, esp. something final or negative, such as death or defeat:

The fate of numerous smaller buildings is under debate.
Attendance has not picked up, and the fate of the show is still in doubt.

Fate is also a power that is considered to cause and control all events, so that people cannot change or control the way things will happen:

When we met again by chance, she said, "It must be fate."

(Definition of “fate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)