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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.


    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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