\ 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 The campaign by the private, nonprofit group that works to boost downtown Indianapolis includes banners that will be installed around downtown and a short video to convince people to return to the area to shop, dine and play. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Memorial island, wildlife upside, theater troubles: News from around our 50 states," 1 Sep. 2020 Students dine in pods of four, seating arrangements that will continue all year to minimize risk. Washington Post, "As schools everywhere go virtual, a military academy in rural Virginia opens in person. Will it work?," 29 Aug. 2020 People are slower to return to dine in at restaurants or sit at an indoor bar because of the risk of contracting the coronavirus. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Everybody is really looking to escape' as summer tourism destinations fill up with visitors," 2 July 2020 Diners who have been shut outside of Miami-Dade County restaurants for almost two months to fight the spread of COVID-19 can dine in starting Monday. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "You can dine inside Miami-Dade restaurants starting Monday," 25 Aug. 2020 Before the pandemic, 42 people could dine on its tacos and lamb burgers inside, including at the bar, while 44 could sit outside. Austin Fuller, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Expect the unexpected:’ Small Orlando businesses struggle to stay afloat as pandemic aid runs dry," 24 Aug. 2020 Upscale, modern, and casual at the same time, guests dine in a striking warehouse-style space in The Old Clare Hotel, a historic boutique property located in Chippendale. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Sydney," 20 Aug. 2020 Bubba’s has a drive-thru, and some families who have chosen not to dine inside restaurants feel more confident picking up food to-go. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Comfort during COVID: Bubba’s fried chicken restaurant is the hottest drive-thru in Dallas right now," 6 Aug. 2020 Dads opting to dine in can enjoy a bourbon flight of three 1-ounce bourbon pours for $10. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Father's Day 2020: 48 metro Phoenix restaurants with special deals for dine-in and takeout," 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Simon's bars, Bitter & Twisted and Little Rituals remain closed for dine-in and are serving cocktails and food for takeout only. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Say hello to Lylo, Phoenix's new poolside bar from the mastermind behind Bitter & Twisted," 2 Sep. 2020 And with new takeout options at many of the participating venues, those who aren’t yet comfortable with dine-in can continue their MDM traditions at home. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Restaurants poised for business, guests poised for new options for Magical Dining," 28 Aug. 2020 The eatery is expected to open Sept. 8 and will have breakfast and specialty sandwiches for dine-in and takeout. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah breweries beg for a liquor license," 27 Aug. 2020 The restaurant, which takes over the space most recently occupied by Tempe Public MarketCafe, will be open for takeout and dine-in for lunch and dinner. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "Here's when the highly anticipated new Postino restaurant and bar will open in south Tempe," 26 Aug. 2020 The restaurants slowly began to put their tables back in their dining rooms, and now dine-in is welcome. Jodi Cilley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: I always thought Tijuanenses have fewer resources but more empathy and kindness. Now I know.," 23 Aug. 2020 Burger Week is usually only offered for dine-in, but amid the pandemic and social distancing capacity limits, organizers are encouraging restaurants to offer more takeout options. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "A judge takes the stand, a week of $6 burgers, more sports canceled: 5 things you need to know Friday," 15 Aug. 2020 Austin Mayor Steve Adler has encouraged all restaurants allowing dine-in and other businesses to contact trace, or keep a log of who enters the business since May, Austin Eater reported. Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, "Austin restaurants are encouraged to contact trace. Should Houston do the same?," 13 Aug. 2020 Kriner’s Diner then opened for dine-in on Saturday but closed Sunday. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Facing hefty fines, Anchorage diner closes for dine-in after defying pandemic emergency order," 10 Aug. 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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11 Sep 2020

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“Dine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dine. Accessed 18 Sep. 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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