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destine (someone) for (something)

To cause one to be likely to do, receive, or become something in the future. Sean's singing voice really destined him for greatness in musical theater. Not studying for your exam will destine you for failure.
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destined for (something)

Likely to do, receive, or become something in the future. We knew that Sean was destined for greatness the moment he stepped on the stage in his first play. If you didn't study for your exam, then you are destined for failure.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

destine someone for something

to determine that someone should receive or achieve something in the future. Her many talents destined her for a distinguished career. Larry's intelligence destined him for big things.
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destined for something

predetermined to achieve or become something. I know I am destined for a job that is better than this. We are destined for death in the long run.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This system is routing traffic not destined for the markets into that area, leading to severe traffic congestion where buses from Bradford Street have to cross into Moat Lane which causes further traffic jams.
Born in a zoo in Mykolaev, Ukraine, the animals were destined for a zoo in Syria, according to the customs declaration.
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She finds the tyrannical Red Queen has begun a reign of terror that can only be ended by slaying the monstrous Jabberwocky - a task she is seemingly destined to attempt.
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Because this is turning out to be one of the earliest blooming years on record, plants that were destined for Chelsea are at their peak now, so the floral exhibits and the gardens are packed with treasures not usually seen.
Drugs were brought from Afghanistan and were destined abroad via Gawadar.
The raids reportedly targeted rockets destined for Lebanon's Hizbullah.