fate-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: a future sequence of events, an outcome

Commentary: FATE[+event][+sequence][+future][+outcome]

At the end of the film, the villain suffers the same fate as his father.
The fate of the trade bill remains in the hands of the senate at this point.
The fate of the crew of that fishing vessel is not known at this time.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3

Sense Number 2: destiny, uncontrollable forces and causes influencing events

Commentary: FATE[+cause][-controllable]

As fate would have it, both women wore the same gown to the inauguration.
John thinks he became a doctor largely by fate.
Mary decided to tempt fate and leave her umbrella at home.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2