\ 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

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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Orcas, which love to dine on shark liver, may have scared them off, researchers say, but human activities could also play a role. Linda Nordling, Science | AAAS, "Great white sharks have suddenly disappeared from one of their favorite hangouts," 30 Aug. 2019 First came Stafford’s Weathervane restaurant, where guests can dine on fresh, locally caught whitefish beside a roaring fire. Jay Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Michigan town famous for ‘gnome houses’ — which occasionally go up for sale — will honor the architect with the renovated Hotel Earl," 13 Aug. 2019 At this resort, famed for its quiet allure and world-class sportfishing, expect to bag marlin, sailfish, or dorado—with the help of experienced guides—and then dine on your catch that evening. Jenny Peters, National Geographic, "Baja California Sur: The ultimate road trip," 25 July 2019 Guests will wake up to a room service breakfast and dine on a variety of tacos, burritos, and other cheesy items throughout the day -- catered by Taco Bell, of course. Megan Marples And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Pop-Up Taco Bell hotel sells out in 2 minutes," 28 June 2019 More: Flagstaff's best patio restaurants: Here are 10 places to dine outside Prescott Life in this small town revolves around Courthouse Square. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Best Fourth of July fireworks, events around Arizona," 20 June 2018 He was delighted by a savory, well cooked meal and could be counted on to recommend the best places to dine. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Ole Ronning," 3 June 2018 But even as the two sides sat down to dine, President Trump accused China of reneging on earlier trade promises and dismissed prospects of deal before the 2020 presidential election. Fortune, "How Sanctions Are Starting To Squeeze Huawei—Data Sheet," 31 July 2019 Another idea is for families to dine in and not use their mobile devices throughout their entire meal. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble area pizzeria La Famiglia prides itself on family values," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The small print: there's a strict one-burger-per diner limit for the first 200 customers at each location, for dine-in only. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Jax Grill celebrates 26th anniversary with 26-cent burgers," 20 Aug. 2019 The offer is limited to one slice per customer (who must be present), and is available for dine-in only. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "The Cheesecake Factory Has Half-Priced Slices (and a New Flavor) for National Cheesecake Day," 29 July 2019 Cajun Corner Seafood has leased 2,250 square feet of space and offer steamed, cooked and fresh seafood for dine-in or take-out. Kathy Jumper, al, "Cookie dough on the way," 18 Aug. 2019 Patrons who frequent fine dine restaurants and travel the world, know their water. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Never heard of a water sommelier? Neither did we till we met Ganesh Iyer," 31 July 2019 The offer is limited to one slice per person for dine-in only. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "16 free and cheap things to do around Denver in July," 1 July 2019 It was billed as a delicious dine and dash affair, where patrons could shuttle to downtown restaurants for an array of food sampling. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Exclusive Detroit 'foodie experience' big win for local charity," 20 June 2019 Happy Hour specials and discounts are offered during the week for dine-in only. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "MingHin brings Chinatown authenticity to Naperville," 11 June 2019 The dine-in movie theater Eastgate Brew & View abruptly closed in 2018 after a three-year run. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "First-of-its-kind cinema, distillery opening soon near Jungle Jim's Eastgate," 19 June 2019

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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 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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