\ 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

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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 Anyone without proof can dine outdoors on our patio weather permitting or get their food and drinks to go. Marc Bona, cleveland, 14 Sep. 2021 For restaurant week only, the public can dine at this historical members-only club where the city’s power brokers have hobnobbed and struck deals since it was founded in 1965. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 13 Sep. 2021 There, the resort said, guests can dine on an array of local and seasonal specialties and listen to a bit of live music from a local band who will play straight through to Christmas day. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 11 Sep. 2021 Patrons can dine on linguine with lobster from Brittany or iced pannetonne while overlooking the sparkling views of the city. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 10 Sep. 2021 Patrons can dine in at the hall, take out food or order delivery. Rose Bruno Bailey, Chron, 2 Sep. 2021 Folks can dine at the festival or place to-go orders for Mediterranean favorites including gyros, Keftedes, pastitsio, spanakopita, baklava and melomakarano. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 Guests can dine on his favorite meals while perusing photographs and artifacts celebrating his life. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 Those same communities have low vaccination rates, and people who are unvaccinated can still dine without mask in restaurants, work out in gyms, visit theaters – all things that Brown prohibited during previous surges to stem spread. oregonlive, 20 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Bangkok, dine-in services resumed Monday with guests capped at 25% normal capacity. Helen Regan And Kocha Olarn, CNN, 18 May 2021 When restaurants had to close their dine-in services after March 20, 2020, following Gov. Doug Ducey's executive order, Fukuda initially kept Teeter House open for takeout. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2021 The decision to lift capacity restrictions applies to gyms, restaurants, theaters, water parks, bowling alleys and bars providing dine-in services. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 Mar. 2021 If restaurants in Baraga County or Grand Traverse County decide to offer dine-in services, or if businesses fail to enforce the statewide mask mandate, the state can issue hefty fines and suspend food service or liquor licenses. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, 21 Jan. 2021 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Austin over new restrictions placed on dine-in services over the four-day New Year’s holiday as the city’s COVID-19 cases hit new highs. Raga Justin, ExpressNews.com, 30 Dec. 2020 That week, Colorado paid $34.5 million in unemployment benefits, and 43% of the claims filed were from restaurant and hospitality workers after health orders halted dine-in services. Robert Davis, Washington Examiner, 11 Dec. 2020 Last week, word of an impending shutdown of dine-in services rippled through the hospitality industry. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Nov. 2020 Clubs and karaoke bars are closed, and restaurants must suspend dine-in services by 9 p.m. Health officials have urged citizens to cancel year-end get-togethers and events. Sarah Toy, WSJ, 24 Nov. 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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“Dine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dine. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dine

: 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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