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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
date1 /deɪt/USA pronunciation   n., v., dat•ed, dat•ing. 

n. [countable]
  • time in terms of the month, day, and year at which some event happened or will happen:an important date in American history.
  • the particular day of the month:Is today's date the 7th or the 8th?
  • the time shown on a letter, document, coin, etc.:a letter bearing the date January 16.
  • the time or period to which something belongs:can meet again at a later date.
  • an appointment for a particular time, esp. a social meeting:I took her out on a date. We made a date for next week.
  • a person with whom one has such an appointment:Can I bring a date to the party?
  • Show Businessan engagement (of a band, acting group, etc.) to perform; booking:the group's next date in Tennessee.

  • v. 
  • to belong to a particular period;
    start or exist from: [no obj]:The architecture dates as far back as 1830.[+ from + object]The letter dates from 1873.[+ back + to + object]The custom dates back to the Victorian era.
  • to go out socially on dates (with): [no object]She's not old enough to be dating.[ + obj]:He's dating his best friend's sister.
  • [ + obj] to mark or furnish with a date:The word processor dates your document automatically.
  • [ + obj] to estimate the period or time of:a new method to date archaeological ruins.
  • [ + obj] to show the age of:Singing those tunes from the 1950's really dates me.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomsto date, up to the present time; until now:We've seen nothing to date that would change our minds.
    2. Idiomsup to date, in accord with the latest styles, information, or technology:fashion that is always up to date; Our new computers are up to date;
      the up-to-date office communication systems.

    dat•a•ble, date•a•ble, adj. 
    dat•er, n. [countable]

    date2 /deɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]

      Plant Biology, Foodthe oblong, brown, sweet, fleshy fruit of a palm tree growing in hot climates.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    date1  (dāt), 
    n., v., dat•ed, dat•ing. 

    n. 
  • a particular month, day, and year at which some event happened or will happen:July 4, 1776 was the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
  • the day of the month:Is today's date the 7th or the 8th?
  • an inscription on a writing, coin, etc., that shows the time, or time and place, of writing, casting, delivery, etc.:a letter bearing the date January 16.
  • the time or period to which any event or thing belongs; period in general:at a late date.
  • the time during which anything lasts;
    duration:The pity is that childhood has so short a date.
  • an appointment for a particular time:They have a date with their accountant at ten o'clock.
  • a social appointment, engagement, or occasion arranged beforehand with another person:to go out on a date on Saturday night.
  • a person with whom one has such a social appointment or engagement:Can I bring a date to the party?
  • an engagement for an entertainer to perform.
  • dates, the birth and death dates, usually in years, of a person:Dante's dates are 1265 to 1321.
  • Idiomsto date, up to the present time; until now:This is his best book to date.
  • Idiomsup to date, in agreement with or inclusive of the latest information;
    modern:Bring us up to date on the news.

  • v.i. 
  • to have or bear a date:The letter dates from 1873.
  • to belong to a particular period; have its origin:That dress dates from the 19th century. The architecture dates as far back as 1830.
  • to reckon from some point in time:The custom dates from the days when women wore longer skirts.
  • to go out socially on dates:She dated a lot during high school.

  • v.t. 
  • to mark or furnish with a date:Please date the check as of today.
  • to ascertain or fix the period or point in time of; assign a period or point in time to:The archaeologist dated the ruins as belonging to the early Minoan period.
  • to show the age of;
    show to be old-fashioned.
  • to make a date with;
    go out on dates with:He's been dating his best friend's sister.
  • Etymology:
    • Late Latin data, noun, nominal use of data (feminine of datus, past participle of dare to give), from the phrase data (Romae) written, given (at Rome); (verb, verbal) Middle English daten to sign or date a document, derivative of the noun, nominal
    • Middle French
    • (noun, nominal) Middle English 1275–1325
    data•ble, datea•ble, adj. 
    data•ble•ness, datea•ble•ness, n. 
    dater, n. 

    date2  (dāt), 
    n. 

      Plant Biology, Foodthe oblong, fleshy fruit of the date palm, a staple food in northern Africa, Arabia, etc., and an important export.
    Etymology:
    • Latin dactylus; see dactyl
    • Medieval Latin datil(l)us (Old Provencal, Catalan, Spanish datil)
    • Anglo-French; Old French dade, date
    • Middle English 1250–1300


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    date /deɪt/ n
    1. a specified day of the month: today's date is October 27
    2. the particular day or year of an event: the date of the Norman Conquest was 1066
    3. an inscription on a coin, letter, etc, stating when it was made or written
    4. an appointment for a particular time, esp with a person to whom one is sexually or romantically attached: she has a dinner date
    5. the person with whom the appointment is made
    vb
    1. (transitive) to mark (a letter, coin, etc) with the day, month, or year
    2. (transitive) to assign a date of occurrence or creation to
    3. (intr; followed by from or back to) to have originated (at a specified time): his decline dates from last summer
    4. (transitive) to reveal the age of: that dress dates her
    5. to make or become old-fashioned: some good films hardly date at all
    6. informal chiefly US Canadian to be a boyfriend or girlfriend of (someone of the opposite sex)
    7. to accompany (a member of the opposite sex) on a date
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Latin dare to give, as in the phrase epistula data Romae letter handed over at Rome

    ˈdatable, ˈdateable adj USAGE
    year

    date /deɪt/ n
    1. the fruit of the date palm, having sweet edible flesh and a single large woody seed
    2. short for date palm
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Latin, from Greek daktulos finger



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