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This page has 39 definitions of date with English translations in 11 languages. Date is a noun, verb, numeral and participle. Examples of how to use date in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: Date, daté, and dáte

English date definition

Dates (fruit)
A date palm

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English date, from Old French date, datil, datille, from Latin dactylus, from Ancient Greek δάκτυλος (dáktulos, finger) (from the resemblance of the date to a human finger), probably a folk-etymological alteration of a word from a Semitic source such as Arabic دَقَل(daqal, variety of date palm) or Hebrew דֶּקֶל(deqel, date palm).

Noun

date (plural dates)

  1. The fruit of the date palm, Phoenix dactylifera, somewhat in the shape of an olive, containing a soft, sweet pulp and enclosing a hard kernel.
    We made a nice cake from dates.
  2. The date palm.
    There were a few dates planted around the house.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English date, from Old French date, from Late Latin data, from Latin datus (given), past participle of dare (to give); from Proto-Indo-European *deh₃- (to give). Doublet of data.

Noun

date (plural dates)

  1. The addition to a writing, inscription, coin, etc., which specifies the time (especially the day, month, and year) when the writing or inscription was given, executed, or made.
    the date of a letter, of a will, of a deed, of a coin, etc.
    US date : 05/24/08 = Tuesday, May 24th, 2008. UK date : 24/05/08 = Tuesday 24th May 2008.
    • 1681, John Dryden, The Spanish Friar
      And bonds without a date, they say, are void.
  2. A specific day in time at which a transaction or event takes place, or is appointed to take place; a given point of time.
    the date for pleading
    The start date for the festival is September 2.
    • 1844, Mark Akenside, The Pleasures of the Imagination, Book II
      He at once, Down the long series of eventful time, So fix'd the dates of being, so disposed To every living soul of every kind The field of motion, and the hour of rest.
    Do you know the date of the wedding?
    We had to change the dates of the festival because of the flooding.
  3. A point in time.
    You may need that at a later date.
  4. (rare) Assigned end; conclusion.
  5. (obsolete) Given or assigned length of life; duration.
  6. A pre-arranged meeting.
    I arranged a date with my Australian business partners.
    • 1903, Guy Wetmore Carryl, The Lieutenant-Governor, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, page 121:
      "Why, Mr. Nisbet! I thought you were in New York."
      "I had a telegram this morning, calling the date off,"
  7. One's companion for social activities or occasions.
    I brought Melinda to the wedding as my date.
  8. A romantic meeting or outing with a lover or potential lover, or the person so met.
    We really hit it off on the first date, so we decided to meet the week after.
    We slept together on the first date.
    The cinema is a popular place to take someone on a date.
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Verb

date (third-person singular simple present dates, present participle dating, simple past and past participle dated)

  1. (transitive) To note the time or place of writing or executing; to express in an instrument the time of its execution.
    • 1699, Addison, Joseph, Letter to Rt. Hon. Charles Montagu, Esq., Blois, France; republished in Lucy Aikin, chapter 3, in The Life of Joseph Addison, volume 1, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1843, page 79:
      You will be surprised, I don't question, to find among your correspondencies in foreign parts, a letter dated from Blois.
    • 1796 January 1, Cobbett, William, A New Year's Gift to the Democrats, footnote; republished in Porcupine's Works, volume 2, London: For Cobbett and Morgan, 1801, page 430:
      I keep to the very words of the letter; but that, by "this State," is meant the State of Pennsylvania, cannot be doubted, especially when we see that the letter is dated at Philadelphia.
    • 1865, Arnold, Matthew, “Marcus Aurelius”, in Essays in Criticism: First Series[2]; republished as “An Essay on Marcus Aurelius”, in The Thoughts of the Emperor M. Aurelius Antoninus, London: G. Bell and Sons, published 1913, 1862, page 227:
      In these countries much of his Journal seems to have been written; parts of it are dated from them; and there, a few weeks before his fifty-ninth birthday, he fell sick and died.
    to date a letter, a bond, a deed, or a charter
  2. (transitive) To note or fix the time of (an event); to give the date of.
  3. (transitive) To determine the age of something.
    to date the building of the pyramids
  4. (transitive) To take (someone) on a date, or a series of dates.
  5. (transitive, by extension) To have a steady relationship with; to be romantically involved with.
    • 2008 May 15, “Jessica Simpson upset John Mayer dating Jennifer Aniston”, in NEWS.com.au:
      Jessica Simpson reportedly went on a drinking binge after discovering ex-boyfriend John Mayer is dating Jennifer Aniston.
    Synonyms: go out, see; see also Thesaurus:date
  6. (reciprocal, by extension) To have a steady relationship with each other; to be romantically involved with each other.
    They met a couple of years ago, but have been dating for about five months.
    Synonyms: go out, see; see also Thesaurus:date
  7. (transitive, intransitive) To make or become old, especially in such a way as to fall out of fashion, become less appealing or attractive, etc.
    This show hasn't dated well.
    The comedian dated himself by making quips about bands from the 1960s.
    Synonyms: age, elden, obsolesce; see also Thesaurus:to age
  8. (intransitive, with from) To have beginning; to begin; to be dated or reckoned.
    • 1826, Edward Everett, The Claims of Citizens of the United States of America on the Governments of Naples, Holland, and France
      The Batavian republic dates from the successes of the French arms.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[3]:
      He stood transfixed before the unaccustomed view of London at night time, a vast panorama which reminded him [] of some wood engravings far off and magical, in a printshop in his childhood. They dated from the previous century and were coarsely printed on tinted paper, with tinsel outlining the design.
    • 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52:
      From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.
Usage notes
  • To note the time of writing one may say dated at or from a place.
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Aromanian date definition

Numeral

date

  1. Alternative form of dzatse

Danish date definition

Etymology

From English date.

Noun

date c (singular definite daten, plural indefinite dates)

  1. a date (meeting with a lover or potential lover)
    Synonyms: rendezvous, stævnemøde

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /deɪt/
  • Rhymes: -eɪt

Verb

date (imperative date, infinitive at date, present tense dater, past tense datede, perfect tense har datet)

  1. to date (someone)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /deɪte/
  • Rhymes: -eɪte

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Dutch date definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English date.

Pronunciation

Noun

date m (plural dates)

  1. A date (romantic outing).

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French date definition

Etymology 1

From Old French date, a borrowing from Late Latin data, from the feminine of Latin datus.

Pronunciation

Noun

date f (plural dates)

  1. date (point in time)

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Etymology 2

Borrowed from English date.

Pronunciation

Noun

date m or f (plural dates)

  1. (slang, anglicism) date (romantic meeting)
  2. (slang, anglicism, masculine) date (person you go on a romantic meeting with)

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Interlingua date definition

Participle

date

  1. past participle of dar

Italian date definition

Pronunciation

Noun

date f

  1. plural of data

Verb

date

  1. second-person plural present indicative of dare
  2. second-person plural imperative of dare

Participle

date

  1. feminine plural past participle of dare

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Latin date definition

Pronunciation

Verb

date

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of

Participle

date

  1. vocative masculine singular of datus

Old French date definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Late Latin data, from the feminine of Latin data.

Noun

date f (oblique plural dates, nominative singular date, nominative plural dates)

  1. date (point in time)
  2. date (fruit)

Descendants


Portuguese date definition

Verb

date

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of datar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of datar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of datar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of datar

Spanish date definition

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdate/, [ˈd̪a.t̪e]

Verb

date

  1. Compound of the informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of dar, da and the pronoun te.