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date

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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



Did You Know?

The word date that means “the fruit of the palm” and the word date that means “the time of an event” look alike, but they are not related. The word for the fruit can be traced back to the Greek word daktylos, meaning “finger” and “toe.” No one knows why the fruit was called by the word for finger—perhaps because of its small size and shape or the long, slender shape of the palm’s leaves. The word for “the time of an event” comes from Latin and derives from the Latin phrase data Romae, meaning “given at Rome,” an expression used before the date on letters and documents. The word data comes from the Latin word dare, “to give.” In later Latin, the word data came to be used alone to stand for the date, and it came into English as date.

Origin and Etymology of date

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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date

noun

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 and Etymology 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


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date

verb

Definition of date

dated

dating

  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

datable

also

dateable

play \ˈdā-tə-bəl\ adjective

dater

play \ˈdā-tər\ noun


Examples of date in a sentence

  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



DATE Defined for Kids

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date

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noun \ˈdāt\

Definition of date for Students

  1. :  the sweet brownish fruit of an Old World palm (date palm)



History for date

The English word for the fruit of the date palm comes by way of French and Latin from a Greek word daktylos. The original meaning of this Greek word was “finger,” but it was also used for the fruit. A cluster of dates on a palm tree must have looked to someone like the fingers on a hand.


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date

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noun

Definition of date for Students

  1. 1 :  the day, month, or year on which an event happens or happened <What is your date of birth?>

  2. 2 :  a statement of time on something (as a coin, letter, book, or building) <Write the date on your paper.>

  3. 3 :  appointment 1 <Louis paid no attention to the other birds. He had a date to keep. — E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan>

  4. 4 :  an arrangement to meet between two people usually with romantic feelings for each other <It's not a date—we're just friends.>

  5. 5 :  either of two people who meet for a usually romantic social engagement <Do you have a date for the dance?>




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date

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verb

Definition of date for Students

dated

dating

  1. 1 :  to write the date on <Be sure to date the letter.>

  2. 2 :  to find or show the date or age of <Scientists dated the fossil.>

  3. 3 :  to belong to or have survived from a time <My house dates from colonial times.>

  4. 4 :  to make or have a date with <I'm dating him tonight.>

  5. 5 :  to go together regularly on romantic social engagements <They've been dating for a year.>





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