- fate [feıt] n[Date: 1300-1400; : French; Origin: Latin fatum 'what has been spoken (by the gods)', from fari 'to speak']1.) [C usually singular]the things that will happen to someone, especially unpleasant events▪ I wouldn't wish such a fate on my worst enemy.fate of▪ No one knows what the fate of the hostages will be.▪ The rest of Europe was to suffer the same fate .▪ A meeting to decide the fate of the factory is to be held today.▪ She wanted to prevent other children from meeting the same fate .▪ They had abandoned him and left him to his fate .▪ Spencer's father had died young, and he feared that the same fate awaited him.▪ They would rather starve to death than accept the fate of slavery.▪ She seemed placidly resigned to her fate .▪ the fate that befell a captured rebel general▪ Nothing is known of Green's origins or ultimate fate , only that he was involved in building the church.2.) [U]a power that is believed to control what happens in people's lives▪ Fate plays cruel tricks sometimes.a twist/quirk of fate(=something unexpected that happens)▪ By a strange twist of fate Smith's first match is against the team that gave him the sack last season.3.) a fate worse than deathsomething terrible that might happen to you - often used humorously▪ He had rescued an innocent young girl from a fate worse than death.4.) the Fatesthe three goddesses who, according to the ancient Greeks, controlled what happened to people→tempt fate at ↑tempt▬▬▬▬▬▬▬COLLOCATES for sense 1suffer a fateseal/decide/settle somebody's fate (=make it certain that something will happen to someone)meet the same/a similar fateleave/abandon somebody to their fate (=leave someone when something terrible could happen to them)the fate awaiting somebody (=what will happen to someone)accept a fateresign yourself to your fate (=accept it)a fate befalls somebody (=they suffer a particular fate)somebody's ultimate fate (=the final things that happen)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.