\ 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 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 Many cities would love to have a major league team, and many are ramping up plans to wine and dine the A’s. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2021 Visitors will dine and drink on outdoor patios and at an indoor West Texas pole barn. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 26 Apr. 2021 So why not go out and dine with friends and celebrate? Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 25 Mar. 2021 Dine-in, the (new) old-fashioned way For full-service restaurants, the best support is still coming out to dine and putting that full service to use. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 7 Dec. 2020 JPMorgan’s employees can meet clients, dine together and walk the halls without masks. Bloomberg.com, 19 Oct. 2020 Each indoor and outdoor option gives customers the ability to drink and dine privately and distanced from others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Oct. 2020 Restrictions aimed at limiting spread of the coronavirus in the city’s restaurants and bars will ease slightly this week, letting more customers dine and drink indoors. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2020 Think of it like a buffet of energy where the fish are able to dine at will. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 22 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun How Indianapolis Mexican restaurants gear up for one of the busiest day of year: 2021 marked the first Cinco de Mayo with local restaurants open for dine-in service since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 3 June 2021 As Illinois looks to fully reopen in mid-June — with Chicago expected to follow by July 4 — more restaurants are reopening for dine-in service, and capacity restrictions are loosening. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, 24 May 2021 The West Hollywood restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch, with takeout and dine-in service available. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021 Several blocks south, The Bayou on State Street will reopen on Wednesday, after being closed to dine-in service since March 2020. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2021 Dave’s Hot Chicken will open for takeout from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday-Saturday starting Friday, April 30, with dine-in service to follow at 7715 S.W. Nyburg St., Tualatin. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 29 Apr. 2021 Ohio City Pizzeria is slated to re-open Thursday, May 6, for dine-in service with new hours. Marc Bona, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2021 Malls, cinemas, gyms, places of worship and non-essential businesses will be shut and dine-in restaurant service suspended. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2021 Although Arizona restaurants and some bars have been open for dine-in service for months, Thursday's executive order lifted a handful of regulations that restricted business operations. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2021

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

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“Dine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dine. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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