\ ˈdīn \
dined; dining

Definition of dine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to take dinner often used with on dine on pasta

transitive verb

: to give a dinner to wined her and dined her



Definition of dine (Entry 2 of 2)

: dinner

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Synonyms for dine

Synonyms: Verb

eat, fare, feed, partake, refresh, victual

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Examples of dine in a Sentence


We'll be dining at six o'clock. She likes to dine at expensive restaurants. I will be dining alone tonight. We hope you have an enjoyable dining experience.
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Berggruen regularly travels to New York for art fairs and would dine with the couple. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area friends remember Kate Spade’s ‘indelible imprint’," 8 June 2018 Customer David Hartung from Muskego was a patron of Delta and continues to dine at Niko's at least once a week. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Niko's Cafe and Bar is a family restaurant where you're allowed to eat dessert first," 9 May 2018 Today, people can shop for furniture at Cost Plus World Market, dine at the Old Spaghetti Factory and catch a movie at the downtown Century theater. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Once ‘Deadwood City,’ Redwood City becomes startup hub," 12 Mar. 2018 Their welcome dinner invited their small guest count of 12 to dine at Ristorante da Ivo, the same restaurant that hosted George Clooney's bachelor party. Allix Cott, Harper's BAZAAR, "Taking Vows in Venice: Emily & Robert’s Chic Italian Nuptials," 9 June 2017 Brands would send free products, wine and dine editors, and give them access to those celebrity ambassadors for interviews. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The shady world of beauty influencers and the brands that pay them, explained," 31 Aug. 2018 Bourdain once flew Marilyn Hagerty, whose sweet review of her local Olive Garden had been mocked on the Internet, to New York City to dine at the restaurant of the moment, Per Se, and then published a book of her columns. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade and the Dangers of Envying 'Perfect' Lives," 8 June 2018 For Sessions to dine with Rosenstein on the same day Trump called him out on Twitter shows that the attorney general was distancing himself from the president. Alex Ward, Vox, "Jeff Sessions is out as attorney general," 7 Nov. 2018 In partnership with Charitybuzz, CIS is currently auctioning the opportunity for guests to dine with leaders at a private event hosted by CAA Foundation. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Bid on Lunch with Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mellody Hobson, Norman Lear and Help High School Students Graduate," 4 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Friendly’s Free Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military, with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card, to a free dine-in breakfast, lunch or dinner from select menus on Veteran’s Day. Fox News, "Dining deals for veterans and active military on Veteran’s Day," 9 Nov. 2015 For every $9 spent during the dine-in experience, one child in the party will receive a Kids’ Plate for free. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "Steak 'N Shake: Kids eat free every weekend this summer," 10 July 2018 HopCat: Moms get a free order of the chain’s award-winning Crack Fries with any other dine-in purchase. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Toast mom with free mimosas, meal deals and more on Mother's Day," 10 May 2018 The takeout/dine-in salad-bar and juice restaurant opened its first location in Brookfield Square mall in 2014. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Grassroots Salad Co. opens downtown," 30 Apr. 2018 Every dine-in guestcan grab a buy one, get one free classic barbecue sandwiches (brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken or burnt ends) from July 5-31. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "4 Rivers Smokehouse offering free sandwiches to military, veterans, first responders July 4," 28 June 2018 Local musicians provide country-folk-bluegrass as 100 dine. Mary Bergin, chicagotribune.com, "Chow down on the farm this summer at special dinners in America's Dairyland," 9 July 2018 In other matters, petitioner Javier Paredes received approval to operate a dine-in Mexican restaurant to be called El Poblano at 7600-7602 Broadway, the site of the former Delta restaurant. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Merrillville approves plan for Broadway auto repair shop," 26 Apr. 2018 Customers need to mention the Tax Day special, which is available for dine-in or takeout orders. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Tax relief! Cash in on Tax Day with $1 margaritas, meal deals, free massages and more," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dine


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dine


Middle English, from Anglo-French disner, diner to eat, have a meal, from Vulgar Latin *disjejunare to break one's fast, from Latin dis- + Late Latin jejunare to fast, from Latin jejunus fasting

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English Language Learners Definition of dine

: to eat dinner : to have the main meal of the day


\ ˈdīn \
dined; dining

Kids Definition of dine

: to eat dinner Will you dine with us?
dine out
: to eat at a restaurant

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