\ ˈdīn How to pronounce dine (audio) \
dined; dining

Definition of dine

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intransitive verb

: to take dinner often used with ondine on pasta

transitive verb

: to give a dinner to wined her and dined her



Definition of dine (Entry 2 of 2)


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Synonyms for dine

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 Jeremy Gonsior and Chera Rizk, up from Holland for a day trip, chose to dine on the patio at Towne Plaza instead. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Traverse City business owners uneasy as tourists come to town," 24 May 2020 Indianapolis restaurants may begin providing dine-in service on Friday — but only outside. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "These IndyGo bus routes are affected by the restaurant street closures," 21 May 2020 Reporters gather in the media room, dine on pizza and chicken wings and watch the same ESPN feed of the draft as the average Joe sitting on their sofa. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Top 10 Spurs moment: No. 8 — Trading for Kawhi Leonard," 2 May 2020 On March 26, deputies responded to a call from town staff reporting that Euro Pizza was allowing patrons to dine on the restaurant’s premises. USA TODAY, "Packed beaches, Tupac files for unemployment, no Mother’s Day flowers: News from around our 50 states," 29 Apr. 2020 On March 26, deputies responded to a call from town staff reporting that Euro Pizza Café was allowing patrons to dine on the restaurant’s premises. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Fountain Hills restaurant cited for allowing on-site dining," 28 Apr. 2020 Sales fell by about 90% after the city shut down dine-in service for food and drinks on March 16, SteamDot owner Jonathan White said. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Some Anchorage restaurants are trying to adapt to new restrictions due to COVID-19. But it’s still a struggle.," 26 Mar. 2020 What remains closed Offices, shopping malls and dine-in restaurants are still ordered shut. Los Angeles Times, "These are the California businesses that can reopen, and these are the rules," 8 May 2020 Then dine at some of the country’s most romantic restaurants, including LaSalette, Valette, or the girl & the fig. Claire Trageser, Travel + Leisure, "The 50 Best Romantic Getaways," 28 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Save the date: The Parma Animal Shelter is planning a dine-to-donate event from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 11 in conjunction with Max & Erma’s restaurant, 7085 Engle Road, Middleburg Heights. cleveland, "Despite coronavirus pandemic, cities still observe Memorial Day: Sun Postings," 24 May 2020 Vulnerable people may want to pass on dine-in options and focus on pickup or perhaps outside dining if the conditions are appropriate. Thomas A. Russo, The Conversation, "How to lower your coronavirus risk while eating out: Restaurant advice from an infectious disease expert," 21 May 2020 Restaurants on Monday were allowed to resume offering dine-in service but with new capacity limits and safety rules. USA TODAY, "Masks for ‘respect,’ protests of conditions, back in casinos: News from around our 50 states," 13 May 2020 Friday is the first day of Governor Greg Abbott’s two-phase reopening plan, in which restaurants are allowed to accept customers for dine-in service up to 25% of their maximum capacity, and other stores and services can resume. Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Cases Increase 4.4%; Gilead Drug Gets FDA Nod: Virus Update," 4 May 2020 The latest twist is that now that thing is a dine-in restaurant experience. al, "Flora-Bama reopens with a twist: For now, it’s a restaurant," 4 May 2020 To accommodate those new ordering habits, the company has moved its drive-through workers from the window to the now-vacant dine-in area, opening up space for cooks to assemble larger, more complicated orders in the kitchen. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "Drive-Throughs Are Now a Lifeline for Fast-Food Chains," 1 May 2020 But Sun Kim, owner of Sushi & Sushi in Midtown, decided to stay closed for dine-in and is only running takeout service. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "For many Anchorage restaurants, the decision to reopen for dine-in service isn’t easy," 1 May 2020 Taco Cabana closed dine-in service and shifted to takeout and drive-through since government restrictions on business started in mid-March. Dallas News, "Taco Cabana, Pollo Tropical owner will give back $15 million in stimulus loans," 29 Apr. 2020

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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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28 May 2020

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“Dine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dine. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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