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noun \ˈdāt\

Definition of date

  1. 1 :  the oblong edible fruit of a palm (Phoenix dactylifera)

  2. 2 :  the tall palm with pinnate leaves that yields the date

Origin of date

Middle English, from Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin dactylus — more at dactyl

First Known Use: 14th century




Definition of date

  1. 1 a :  the time at which an event occurs <the date of his birth> b :  a statement of the time of execution or making <the date on the letter>

  2. 2 :  duration

  3. 3 :  the period of time to which something belongs

  4. 4 a :  an appointment to meet at a specified time; especially :  a social engagement between two persons that often has a romantic character b :  a person with whom one has a usually romantic date

  5. 5 :  an engagement for a professional performance (as of a dance band)

to date
  1. :  up to the present moment

Origin of date

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin data, from data (as in data Romae given at Rome), feminine of Latin datus, past participle of dare to give; akin to Latin dos gift, dowry, Greek didonai to give

First Known Use: 14th century




Simple Definition of date

  • : to do an activity with someone you have might have a romantic relationship with : to go on a date or several dates with (someone)

  • : to write the date on (something)

  • : to show or find out when (something) was made or produced

Full Definition of date


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to determine the date of <date an antique>

  3. 2 :  to record the date of :  mark with the date

  4. 3 a :  to mark with characteristics typical of a particular period b :  to show up plainly the age of

  5. 4 :  to make or have a date with

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to reckon chronologically

  8. 2 :  originate <a friendship dating from college days>

  9. 3 :  to become dated

  10. 4 :  to go out on usually romantic dates

dat·able also date·able play \ˈdā-tə-bəl\ adjective
dat·er play \ˈdā-tər\ noun

Examples of date

  1. She dated a couple guys during college.

  2. He only dates younger women.

  3. They've been dating for six months.

  4. Don't forget to sign and date the application.

  5. The letter was not dated.

  6. a memo dated July 12th, 2003

  7. Historians date the document to the early 1700s.

  8. The ancient building was dated by a coin found in one of the rooms.

  9. Scientists use various techniques to date fossils.

15th Century

First Known Use of date

15th century

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