\ 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 For those who chose to dine-in, health experts say sitting outside on a patio is less risky than dining indoors. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "Ramen, gumbo and fried fish: 5 new restaurants to try in September in metro Phoenix," 8 Sep. 2020 This is not an argument that personal property, decorum or the privilege to dine unmolested is more important than human life. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Memo to the left: Stop it with the bad trouble, at least for a couple of months," 28 Aug. 2020 The changes by the city about 45 minutes north of Orlando also allows for some downtown streets to close and tables to be set up for people to dine outside on Friday and Saturday nights. Austin Fuller, orlandosentinel.com, "DeLand allows open alcohol containers downtown, seeking to bring back ‘vibrancy’ during pandemic," 20 Aug. 2020 Dawn at the Downs, the annual event to dine while observing morning workouts, has been moved to Aug. 31 and will be limited to guests with reserved seats. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Churchill Downs will allow 23,000 fans at 2020 Kentucky Derby, shuts down infield," 12 Aug. 2020 Looking to dine at the oldest restaurant in the United States? Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "The 10 Oldest Restaurants in the World Are Way Older Than You May Think," 8 Aug. 2020 Customers who choose to dine in will be seated by a Katy Trail Ice House staff member. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "One of Dallas’ most popular bars, Katy Trail Ice House, reopened Friday at noon," 7 Aug. 2020 Royal relatives may visit the queen, although will only be permitted to dine with her outdoors, for safety. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Form a "Balmoral Bubble" for the Summer," 19 July 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Austin restaurants were told to cease dine-in service on March 17. Elizabeth G. Dunn, WSJ, "Is This the Future of Dining?," 16 Sep. 2020 However, according to reports, the governor first hinted Friday that the state was close to reopening dine-in service, roughly six months after restaurants shifted to take-out models in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, "NJ indoor dining to reopen at limited capacity on Sept. 4," 31 Aug. 2020 Along with takeout and, later, dine-in service, the owners hope to continue their once-a-month events and are applying for event licenses that will allow for parties that will take over the bar and the parking lot. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "Central Phoenix is getting a new restaurant and bar. Here's what to know about Industry," 22 Aug. 2020 Aarseth issued the injunction when Kriner’s Diner continued dine-in service after the city's order went into effect Aug. 3 and the business failed to comply with a stop-work order. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Pregnant Panda, Rim of the Pacific, virtual colleges: News from around our 50 states," 20 Aug. 2020 Cleveland Burger Week, which is celebrating its third year, typically focuses on dine-in service but has pivoted to offer takeout in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Cleveland Burger Week kicks off today," 17 Aug. 2020 And eventually, dine-in service will resume, but Schoenburg can’t say when. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "Get your bloody Mary bar to go: Hell's Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis returns with takeout brunch," 7 Aug. 2020 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

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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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23 Sep 2020

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“Dine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dine. Accessed 26 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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