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Meaning of date by Wiktionary Dictionary

date


    Etymology 1

    From French datte, from Latin dactylus, from Ancient Greek δάκτυλος ( “finger” ) ( from the resemblance of the date to a human finger ), probably from a Semitic source such as Arabic دقل ( dáqal, “variety of date palm” ) or Hebrew דֶּקֶל ( deqel, “date palm” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /deɪt/, X-SAMPA: /deIt/
    • Rhymes: -eɪt

    Noun

    date ( plural: dates )

    1. ( botany ) The fruit of the date palm. This sweet fruit is somewhat in the shape of an olive, containing a soft pulp and enclosing a hard kernel .
      We made a nice cake from dates .
    2. ( botany ) The date palm itself .
      There were a few dates planted around the house .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From French date, Late Latin data, from Latin datus ( “given” ), past participle of dare ( “to give” ); akin to Greek, Old Slavonic dati, Sanskrit dā. Compare datum, dose, Dato, and Die .

    Noun

    date ( plural: dates )

    1. That addition to a writing, inscription, coin, etc., which specifies the time ( as day, month, and year ) when the writing or inscription was given, or executed, or made; as, the date of a letter, of a will, of a deed, of a coin, etc.
    2. The point of time at which a transaction or event takes place, or is appointed to take place; a given point of time; epoch; as, the date of a battle. A specific day.
      Do you know the date of the wedding?
      We had to change the dates of the festival because of the flooding .
    3. A point in time
      You may need that at a later date .
    4. ( rare ) Assigned end; conclusion.
    5. ( obsolete ) Given or assigned length of life; duration.
    6. A pre-arranged social meeting .
      I arranged a date with my Australian business partners .
    7. A companion when one is partaking in a social occasion .
      I brought Melinda to the wedding as my date .
    8. A meeting with a lover or potential lover, or the person so met .
      We really hit it off on the first date, so we decided to meet the week after .
      We slept together on the first date .
      The cinema is a popular place to take someone on a date .
    Derived terms

    Verb

    date ( third-person singular simple present dates present participle dating, simple past and past participle dated )

    1. ( transitive ) To note the time of writing or executing; to express in an instrument the time of its execution .
      to date a letter, a bond, a deed, or a charter
    2. ( transitive ) To note or fix the time of, as of an event; to give the date of .
    3. ( transitive ) To determine the age of something .
      to date the building of the pyramids .
    4. ( transitive ) To take ( someone ) on a series of dates .
    5. ( transitive ) to have a steady relationship with, to be romantically involved with
    6. ( intransitive ) of a couple, to be in a romantic relationship
    7. ( intransitive ) To become old, especially in such a way as to fall out of fashion, become less appealing or attractive, etc .
      This show hasn't dated well .
    8. ( intransitive, with from ) To have beginning; to begin; to be dated or reckoned.

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    Anagrams

    • AEDT, EDTA, TAED


Explanation of date by Wordnet Dictionary

date


    Verb
    1. assign a date to

    2. Scientists often cannot date precisely archeological or prehistorical findings
    3. provide with a dateline

    4. She wrote the letter on Monday but she dated it Saturday so as not to reveal that she procrastinated
    5. stamp with a date

    6. The package is dated November 24
    7. go on a date with

    8. Tonight she is dating a former high school sweetheart
    9. date regularly

    10. He is dating his former wife again!
    Noun
    1. sweet edible fruit of the date palm with a single long woody seed

    2. a meeting arranged in advance

    3. she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date
    4. a participant in a date

    5. his date never stopped talking
    6. the present

    7. they are up to date
      we haven't heard from them to date
    8. the specified day of the month

    9. what is the date today?
    10. a particular day specified as the time something happens

    11. the date of the election is set by law
    12. the particular day, month, or year ( usually according to the Gregorian calendar ) that an event occurred

    13. he tried to memorizes all the dates for his history class
    14. a particular but unspecified point in time

    15. they hoped to get together at an early date


    Definition of date by GCIDE Dictionary

    date


    1. Date, n.[F. datte, L. dactylus, fr. Gr. , prob. not the same word as δάκτυλος finger, but of Semitic origin.] ( Bot. ) The fruit of the date palm; also, the date palm itself.

      ☞ This fruit is somewhat in the shape of an olive, containing a soft pulp, sweet, esculent, and wholesome, and inclosing a hard kernel.

      Date palm, or Date tree ( Bot. ), the genus of palms which bear dates, of which common species is Phœnix dactylifera. See Illust. -- Date plum ( Bot. ), the fruit of several species of Diospyros, including the American and Japanese persimmons, and the European lotus ( Diospyros Lotus ). -- Date shell, or Date fish ( Zool. ), a bivalve shell, or its inhabitant, of the genus Pholas, and allied genera. See Pholas.


    2. Date n. [F. date, LL. data, fr. L. datus given, p. p. of dare to give; akin to Gr. , OSlaw. dati, Skr. dā. Cf. Datum, Dose, Dato, Die.]
      1. That addition to a writing, inscription, coin, etc., which specifies the time ( as day, month, and year ) when the writing or inscription was given, or executed, or made; as, “the date of a letter, of a will, of a deed, of a coin”. etc.

      And bonds without a date, they say, are void. Dryden.

      2. The point of time at which a transaction or event takes place, or is appointed to take place; a given point of time; epoch; as, “the date of a battle”.

      He at once,

      Down the long series of eventful time,

      So fixed the dates of being, so disposed

      To every living soul of every kind

      The field of motion, and the hour of rest. Akenside.

      3. Assigned end; conclusion. [R.]

      What Time would spare, from Steel receives its date. Pope.

      4. Given or assigned length of life; dyration. [Obs.]

      Good luck prolonged hath thy date. Spenser.

      Through his life's whole date. Chapman.

      To bear date, to have the date named on the face of it; -- said of a writing.

    3. Date, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dated; p. pr. & vb. n. Dating.] [Cf. F. dater. See 2d Date.]
      1. To note the time of writing or executing; to express in an instrument the time of its execution; as, “to date a letter, a bond, a deed, or a charter”.

      2. To note or fix the time of, as of an event; to give the date of; as, “to date the building of the pyramids”.

      ☞ We may say dated at or from a place.

      The letter is dated at Philadephia. G. T. Curtis.

      You will be suprised, I don't question, to find among your correspondencies in foreign parts, a letter dated from Blois. Addison.

      In the countries of his jornal seems to have been written; parts of it are dated from them. M. Arnold.

    4. Date, v. i. To have beginning; to begin; to be dated or reckoned; -- with from.

      The Batavian republic dates from the successes of the French arms. E. Everett.