\ 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

Enjoy traditional Japanese food in a historic restaurant … or dine in a sleek cafe serving molecular cuisine. The Seattle Times, "Hungry? Tokyo’s food meets visitor appetites for history and modernity," 7 Sep. 2018 Dusk is the best time to dine here, when the window shades are lifted to reveal a postcard view of the Olympics and beyond. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Upscale Dining Deals: Dinner for 2 and a bottle of wine for $45 at the Four Seasons," 26 Mar. 2019 Reserve a room at the historic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, and dine in the hotel at the property’s 1608 Wine and Cheese Bar, which specializes in Quebec cheeses. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The gorgeous couple also injected another personal touch into the dinner, providing plates from their own china collection in Newport, for everyone to dine off of. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brock Collection's Sweet Spring Collection is Now Available on Net-a-Porter," 19 Mar. 2018 Friendly yellow roses dotted each table as guests took their seats to dine on crispy kale caesar salad followed by just-red-enough filet mignon, and ended with a berry shortcake. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Inside the Premiere for the Latest Binge-Worthy Scandal, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley," 4 Mar. 2019 Employees are opting to dine in Meals are the most frequently used category of corporate expenses. Rani Molla, Recode, "Here are five hidden trends in corporate America’s travel and expenses as online services take over," 26 July 2018 At night, dine and drink in hot nightlife areas, including Roppongi, Shinjuku and Shibuya. The Seattle Times, "Hungry? Tokyo’s food meets visitor appetites for history and modernity," 7 Sep. 2018 There is a cafeteria here, but most students dine there just once a week. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Our children's plastic lives seen through lunches," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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