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Meaning of “fate” in the English Dictionary

"fate" in British English

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fatenoun

uk   us   /feɪt/
B2 [C usually singular] what ​happens to a ​particularperson or thing, ​especially something ​final or ​negative, such as ​death or ​defeat: We ​want to decideour 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 ​peoplebelievecauses 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)

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fatenoun [C usually sing]

 us   /feɪt/
something that ​happens to a ​person or thing, esp. something ​final or ​negative, such as ​death or ​defeat: The fate of ​numeroussmallerbuildings 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)
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