\ 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: Verb

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Examples of dine in a Sentence

Verb 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 It’s grab-and-go style with just a few picnic tables in front for those who prefer to sit and dine. Taylor Stoddard, Forbes, "Menin Hospitality Is Bringing Its Bodega Taqueria And Tequila Concept Across South Florida," 20 Apr. 2021 Greenhouses aren’t just for plants–set up a table to work, paint, or dine on. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Decorator's Guide to Indoor Gardening and Greenhouse Design," 15 Oct. 2020 The restaurant is small and can only fit several tables inside and outside, should people want to dine in. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "She left her job to pursue a dream. How a Khmer chef made her Arizona restaurant a reality," 13 Apr. 2021 At its height, Yellow Green packed in 300 vendor booths under its tin roof as weekend shoppers shuffled along narrow aisles for breads and CBD oil, while indoor seating gave weary browsers a place to dine in and relax. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Hollywood’s Yellow Green Farmers Market just announced reopening date," 23 Mar. 2021 The trade association’s prediction for 2021: Even more people will want to dine and relax outside, as well as work and study. oregonlive, "‘Backyarding’ boom: How to work, study, dine and relax better outside," 5 Mar. 2021 For those who want to dine in, last week’s V-Day specials are being extended at the Whiskey Cake restaurants in Plano and Las Colinas. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Can we get a do-over? Dallas restaurants celebrate Valentine’s Day and Fat Tuesday a week late," 23 Feb. 2021 Some may want to dine together, while others don’t want to see Grandpa chomping on his turkey leg. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "Thanksgiving goes virtual: How to carve out new traditions amid the ongoing pandemic," 3 Nov. 2020 Changes to dine-in service include using QR codes to order and pay at the table, or when ordering online. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Dime Store, a popular breakfast and lunch spot in downtown Detroit, reopens," 15 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is a dine-out concert in the Marquee Backyard. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, "May concert guide for Phoenix: Rufus Wainwright, Camille Sledge among top shows this month," 1 May 2021 Located at the Arboretum of South Barrington, Bullseye offers patrons a chance to ax throw and dine by offering the full menus from nearby Mago Grill and Cantina and Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub. Kathy Cichon, chicagotribune.com, "Indoor ax throwing takes off in the suburbs," 30 Apr. 2021 In March, the Austin group — Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas Holdings LLC, which bills itself as a dine-in theater chain offering food and beer and a policy of strict movie-watching etiquette — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Alamo Draftouse plans to reopen all six D-FW locations by July," 30 Apr. 2021 Notably, digital sales remain over 40% for the brand as dine-in business returns. Alicia Kelso, Forbes, "KFC’s Chicken Sandwich Creates A Tailwind For Yum Brands In Q1," 28 Apr. 2021 In the evening, dine at the lovely Bistro & Wine Bar, an elegant space with an upfront bar, gas fireplace and outdoor porch overlooking ponds and gardens. BostonGlobe.com, "Three in-state getaways for Mother’s Day," 28 Apr. 2021 After taking 2020 off due to the pandemic, the popular culinary fundraiser Mama’s Day will return on May 7 in its first dine-at-home event. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Chefs cooking up culinary plans to help others facing job loss, racism and hunger," 27 Apr. 2021 Find a footstool on a weekend walk in the woods and dine with these tear-off My Drap napkins and faux bois plates. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Make Your Picnic Even Lovelier With These Essentials," 23 Apr. 2021 Come twilight, dine at N7, a French bistro with a Japanese accent (N7nola.com). Andrew Nelson, WSJ, "A Deliciously Diverting Road Trip Through the Deep South," 23 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of dine was in the 13th century

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“Dine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dine. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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