1 fortune, lot, luck, chance, life, destiny, God's will, providence, doom, karma, kismet, toss or throw of the dice, Colloq US and Canadian the breaks, the way the cookie crumbles, the way the ball bounces:
Fate has brought us together. Our meeting this way was just fate.
2 doom, destruction, downfall, undoing, ruin, disaster, collapse, death, nemesis, end, finish:
The defenders of Masada met their fate bravely.
3 end, outcome, future, destination, disposition:
There was no trace of the fate of the explorers. What is to be the fate of this obsolete equipment?
1 sb/sth's future
awful, dreadful, grim, terrible | cruel, unhappy | tragic | worse
They decided to kill themselves rather than suffer a worse fate at the hands of their enemy.
| common, normal, usual | likely
Under-representation is the likely fate of small parties.
| ultimate | unknown
The ultimate fate of the captured troops is unknown.
| the same, similar
She broke her ankle before the big match, then suffered the same fate a month later.
VERB + FATE
He faces a grim fate if he is sent back to his own country.
| meet, suffer, undergo | share
He had no desire to share the fate of his executed comrades.
| avoid, escape
She managed to escape the fate of the other rebels.
What had he done to deserve such a terrible fate?
| accept, be resigned to
The condemned men were resigned to their fate.
| bemoan, bewail
Instead of just bemoaning your fate, why not do something to change it?
| ponder | seal
He had signed his confession and sealed his own fate.
An extraordinary general meeting to decide the company's fate will be held on Thursday.
| abandon sb/sth to, leave sb/sth to
The generals abandoned the men to their fate.
| rescue/save sb/sth from | discover, hear (of), know (of), learn (of)
He will learn of his fate in court tomorrow.
The convicts awaited their fate in prison.
FATE + VERB
await sb/sth, be/lie in store for sb/sth
They were warned of the dreadful fate that awaited them if ever they returned to their homes.
| befall sb/sth
Worst of all was the fate that befell the captured rebel general.
| be/hang in the balance
The fate of the African wild dog hangs in the balance (= is uncertain).
hold/have sb/sth's fate in your hands
The jury held the fate of the accused in their hands.
| leave/place/put your fate in sb's hands, a fate worse than death
(often humorous) Obeying her parents' wishes for her life seemed a fate worse than death.
2 power controlling everything
He believed that the universe was controlled by the whims of a cruel fate.
Fate was kind to me.
VERB + FATE
Such coincidences are almost enough to make one believe in fate.
It would be tempting fate to say that we will definitely win the game.
| leave sth to
I have a great deal of trust and I leave everything to fate.
FATE + VERB
decide sth, decree sth
Fate decreed that she would never reach America.
He secretly hoped that fate would intervene and save him having to meet her.
Only weeks after her previous injury, fate struck again, leaving her unable to compete.
| deal a/its hand, deal sb a hand
Anne accepted the cruel hand that fate had dealt her.
| take a hand
Fate took a hand in (= influenced)the outcome of the championship.
an accident/quirk/turn/twist of fate
It seemed a cruel twist of fate that the composer should have died so young.
| the hand of fate
The new job had come at just the right time for him. Was it the hand of fate?
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