\ ˈdīn \
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

Blame the soaring rents, the aging proprietors, or a shift in how young people dine—whatever the reason for the taberna’s demise, in the span of a generation, Madrid stands to lose one of its most remarkable social traditions. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tapas Crawling With Madrid’s 'Taberna King'," 26 Sep. 2018 The two leaders will dine together ahead of the summit, a Japanese government official said. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Trump, Japan's Abe to hold summit in New York City next week," 21 Sep. 2018 My dearest friends who work for Microsoft, but live in Capitol Hill, Seattle’s historic queerborhood, invite me to wine and dine at the 2018 Greater Seattle Business Association event held on a cruise line. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How autonomous vehicle planner Yes Segura gets around Seattle," 26 July 2018 Tonight: Wine and dine a loved one or potential sweetie. BostonGlobe.com, "Where to get a taste of Brazil’s culture and cuisine before you go," 14 July 2018 The Daltons and dozens of volunteers host the kids while the parents dine all expenses paid at Orchids at Palm Court. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals Xtra: Working out the compensatory draft pick game," 22 Apr. 2018 Visitors can land and even dine at scenic viewing areas, or never set foot in the actual desert. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Medical teams fight to save 4 survivors of deadly Grand Canyon helicopter fireball," 12 Feb. 2018 Berggruen regularly travels to New York for art fairs and would dine with the couple. Catherine Bigelow, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area friends remember Kate Spade’s ‘indelible imprint’," 8 June 2018 Customer David Hartung from Muskego was a patron of Delta and continues to dine at Niko's at least once a week. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Niko's Cafe and Bar is a family restaurant where you're allowed to eat dessert first," 9 May 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 \
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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