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Definition of divine verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    divine

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they divine
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪn//
     
    he / she / it divines
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪnz//
     
    past simple divined
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪnd//
     
    past participle divined
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪnd//
     
    -ing form divining
    BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] divine what, whether, etc… | divine something (formal) to find out something by guessing She could divine what he was thinking just by looking at him. They had quickly divined that he was a fraud.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] divine (something) to search for underground water using a stick in the shape of a Y, called a divining rod
  3. Word Originverb late Middle English: from Old French deviner ‘predict’, from Latin divinare, from divinus, from divus ‘godlike’ (related to deus ‘god’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: divine