\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Visitors can also dine at the farm and enjoy bites like chips and queso or bruschetta. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 3 Aug. 2022 At Le Bistro, guests can dine amid three, floor-to-ceiling Austrian chandeliers, valued at 70,000 euros each, and gold leaf wall coverings. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 31 July 2022 After cooking, the guests dine and drink wine together. Charles Infosino, The Enquirer, 23 July 2022 There, guests will dine on seasonal fare prepared by the train's master chefs. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 2 June 2022 Visitors can dine inside or out, depending on availability, for a full dinner menu at Overlook (their restaurant), beer flights, wine flights, and more. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2022 The Sylacauga location will have the standard Milo’s menu, and customers can dine-in, go through the drive-thru, or order ahead through the mobile app or website and pick up to get loyalty points for online orders. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 23 May 2022 Guests can dine at the upscale CanoeHouse (above) or grab a sandwich or spam musubi at the market. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 16 May 2022 Customers dine inside, as well as outdoors, where LED stars and crescents hang from the tent that covers the eating area. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wingstop Get five free classic or boneless wings by using the code FREEWINGS at checkout on the app or website for dine-in or carryout. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 Before the pandemic, McAlister's Deli was primarily dine-in. Gary Occhiogrosso, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Sora, which has extensive nigiri and sashimi menu options along with an array of rolls and entrees, is open for dine-in and carryout. Marc Bona, cleveland, 6 July 2022 Those in communities or towns without medium-risk areas or infections found outside of quarantine in the past week will be allowed to resume dine-in at a limited capacity, an official said. Fortune, 26 June 2022 Vegans: make a beeline for Plant City, which has seven vegan dine-in and takeout options, plus a small grocery. Robin Catalano, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 July 2021 The old and the new are coming together with The Bulldog Bar & Lounge opening Friday for dine-in service in South Broad Ripple. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 9 June 2022 Others recalled people sometimes waited two-plus hours for dine-in restaurant service around town. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 21 May 2022 The intent here is to boost profitability as well as lower overhead expenses usually associated with traditional dine-in restaurants. Trefis Team, Forbes, 27 June 2022 See More

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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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“Dine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dine. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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