1 [mass noun] the development of events outside a person’s control, regarded as predetermined by a supernatural power:fate decided his course for himhis injury is a cruel twist of fate
[count noun] the course of someone’s life, or the outcome of a situation for someone or something, seen as outside their control:he stared at the faces of the committee, trying to guess his fate
[in singular] the inescapable death of a person:the guards led her to her fate
2 (the Fates) Greek & Roman Mythology the three goddesses who preside over the birth and life of humans. Each person was thought of as a spindle, around which the three Fates (Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos) would spin the thread of human destiny.