Definition of


  1. (noun, time) the specified day of the month
  2. (noun, person) a participant in a date
  3. (noun, group) a meeting arranged in advance
  4. (noun, time) a particular but unspecified point in time
  5. (noun, time) the present
    we haven't heard from them to date
  6. (noun, time) the particular day, month, or year (usually according to the Gregorian calendar) that an event occurred
  7. (noun, time) a particular day specified as the time something happens
  8. (noun, food) sweet edible fruit of the date palm with a single long woody seed
  9. (verb, social) go on a date with
  10. (verb, cognition) stamp with a date
  11. (verb, cognition) assign a date to; determine the (probable) date of
  12. (verb, social) date regularly; have a steady relationship with
    He is dating his former wife again!
  13. (verb, cognition) provide with a dateline; mark with a date

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Origin of the word Date

  1. "time," early 14c., from O.Fr. date, from M.L. data, noun use of fem. sing. of L. datus "given," pp. of dare "to give, grant, offer," from PIE base *do- "to give" (cf. Skt. dadati "gives," O.Pers. dadatuv "let him give," O.C.S. dati "give," Gk. didomi, didonai, "to give, offer," O.Ir. dan "gift, talent… more
  2. "romantic liaison," 1885, gradually evolving from date (1) in its general sense of "appointment;" the verb in this sense is first recorded 1902. Meaning "person one has a date with" is from 1925. more
  3. "fruit," late 13c., from O.Fr. date, from O.Prov. datil, from L. dactylus, from Gk. daktylos "date," orig. "finger, toe," because of fancied resemblance between oblong fruit of the date palm and human digits. Possibly from a Sem. source (cf. Heb. deqel, Aram. diqla, Arabic daqal "date palm") and assimilated to the Gk. word for "f… more

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Words that sound like Date

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