\ ˈdīn How to pronounce dine (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The politicians and landowners who dine there had to settle for Andina, a new brew. The Economist, "A blocked road cuts Colombia in two," 28 June 2019 Patrons can wine and dine on the small front patio, which captures the authentic neighborhood charm near the heart of the city. 603 E. 6th Ave. The Know Staff, The Know, "The coolest patios and rooftops to eat and drink on in the Front Range," 27 June 2019 This restaurant chain’s location in the Shops At Pembroke Gardens Center is offering guests who dine in two-for-one Viva Las Vegas Rolls ($13.70). Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Roll into these South Florida restaurants for International Sushi Day," 17 June 2019 Smokey Bones: Dads who dine in during Father’s Day weekend get a $10 Bonus Bucks gift card for their next visit. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Free meals, treats and discounts for Dad: Here's where to score for Father's Day," 14 June 2019 On the opposite side of the room, a wall of oversized windows and sliding-glass doors gives way to a patio, which occasionally accommodates drying laundry, and usually hosts birds and squirrels — who dine al fresco courtesy of Whitley. Karen Robinson-jacobs, latimes.com, "Actress-comedienne Kym Whitley pictures family in her den," 8 June 2019 Shop or dine at The Market Common and play at Savannah’s Playground (Photo: John Muse) There are many reasons to visit The Market Common, with its boutiques, big-name stores, restaurants, movie theaters and even a day spa and bowling alley. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "8 Myrtle Beach activities that your family (and wallet) will love," 7 June 2019 Rosa often takes 9-year-old Raxel and 7-year-old Kian to dine at Clare’s, a fried-chicken stall and one of 11 food vendors. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Warehouse District: How West Palm Beach’s newest nightlife village found suds, spirits and ‘soul’," 6 June 2019 How to nab a golden ticket There are only two ways to dine at Markham’s, the exclusive restaurant at the Summerhouse private clubhouse inside the gates of Disney World. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Disney World Wants Its Food to Be Just As Memorable As Its Rides," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The dine-in movie theater Eastgate Brew & View abruptly closed in 2018 after a three-year run. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "First-of-its-kind cinema, distillery opening soon near Jungle Jim's Eastgate," 19 June 2019 Generally, quick-service restaurants will have to make greater adjustments because dine-in restaurants use fewer disposables than take-out restaurants. Melissa Chen, The Mercury News, "Palo Alto tells restaurants to toss disposable foodware; restrictions on straws, cups and utensils may spread to other Bay Area cities," 23 June 2019 But there's not much wind so the cart and a picnic table for dine-in customers have remained dry, thanks to the little pavilion and a couple of auxiliary tarps. al.com, "Beach bound? Don’t miss this Baldwin Co. hot dog stand," 7 June 2019 The dine-in and take-out spot — with a Chinese, American and Italian menu, and free dessert — is experiencing some setbacks. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "House of Wong’s reopening pushed back to August," 3 June 2019 The celebration features wine and spirits tastings, master class seminars, a chefs’ dine-around tasting, pop-up bars throughout the resort, a cocktail party by the Fox Tower pool and a grand tasting on June 21. Courant Staff, courant.com, "7 things to do this week," 10 June 2019 The offer is good for dine-in orders only and must include the purchase of an entree. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "P.F. Chang's celebrating 25th birthday with 25 cent lettuce wraps," 3 July 2018 The Ninety-Nine, too, is offering $5 burgers for dine-in patrons only. Fox News, "Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with free or discounted burgers, and nothing else," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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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

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


\ ˈdīn How to pronounce dine (audio) \
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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