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preordain

verb [T] uk   /ˌpriː.ɔːˈdeɪn/ us    /-ɔːr-/ formal
(especially of a power thought to be greater than ordinary people) to decide or fix what will happen in a way that cannot be changed or controlled: [+ to infinitive] Illness and suffering seemed (to be) preordained to be her lot. His life seems to have followed a preordained path/direction.
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