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dined; dining

intransitive verb

: to take dinner
often used with on
dine on pasta

transitive verb

: to give a dinner to
wined her and dined her


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: dinner

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
In addition to the observation decks, travelers can also dine above Paris, including at the legendary Michelin starred Le Jules Verne restaurant on the second floor or at The Champagne Bar at the top. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 26 Feb. 2024 While Streep’s choice of dining companion was certainly interesting, the most noteworthy aspect of the outing may have been her outfit: a bright red blazer jacket layered over a hot pink blouse and styled with cropped pants and loafers. Averi Baudler, Peoplemag, 25 Feb. 2024 Paloma Picasso might dine with the King of Spain, and Woody Allen drank expensive Bordeaux. John Mariani, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 Just show up to dine in or pick up an order in person and enjoy six traditional or boneless wings. Jody MacE, Charlotte Observer, 21 Feb. 2024 With both indoor and patio dining available, 13th Street Pub & Grill opened in 2010 in Boise’s North End. Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman, 20 Feb. 2024 In one particular scene, Bella spits out food while dining at a fancy restaurant, only to be irritated by the sound of a crying child. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 18 Feb. 2024 The swans found themselves constantly in the public eye and always sported the latest designer looks, dined at the poshest restaurants and attended New York City’s most exclusive parties. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 End your weekend in San Diego as close to the sea as possible, and dine outdoors with a view at one of Mission Bay’s fine dining or casual restaurants, depending on your mood. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 13 Feb. 2024
The restaurant will serve its pizza, pastas and sandwiches in the 2,500-square-foot restaurant, with both dine in and grab-and-go service. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 20 Feb. 2024 To really get a sense of just how fresh, dine at the Treehouse—an elevated dining platform above the garden. Christopher Cameron, Robb Report, 25 Jan. 2024 Candidates were expected to visit voters’ homes, dine at local restaurants, and take questions at town halls. Robert Samuels, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2024 For delectable Italian eats, dine at Sea Salt, Campiello Ristorante & Bar, or Barbatella. Kara Franker, Southern Living, 14 Nov. 2023 For the full bottle list, which has a special focus on Peloponnesian wines and a whole section devoted to natural and biodynamic Greek bottlings, dine at dex. Sarah Souli, Travel + Leisure, 10 Nov. 2023 The pop icon and football star’s budding new relationship have seen the two dine at a variety of eateries across New York City and Kansas City, where Kelce plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 17 Oct. 2023 In the short, Bad Bunny dines with Al Pacino, hangs out on a luxury yacht, and speeds around in a race car. Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 13 Oct. 2023 Will Herbert, an entrepreneur from Oakland, California, said he dines at Chick-fil-A multiple times a week and plans on trying the latest addition when it’s released. Carly Breland, CNN, 18 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Dine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dine. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


dined; dining
: to eat dinner
dine out
: to give a dinner to : feed
wined and dined their friends

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