date

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Dates (fruit)
A date palm

Etymology 1[edit]

From French datte, from Latin dactylus, from Ancient Greek δάκτυλος (dáktulos, 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).

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Noun[edit]

date (plural dates)

  1. The fruit of the date palm, Phoenix dactylifera, somewhat in the shape of an olive, containing a soft, sweet pulp and enclosing a hard kernel.
    We made a nice cake from dates.
  2. The date palm.
    There were a few dates planted around the house.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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.
    the date of a letter, of a will, of a deed, of a coin, etc.
    US date : 05/24/08 = Tuesday, May 24th, 2008. UK date : 24/05/08 = Tuesday 24th May 2008.
    • 1681, John Dryden, The Spanish Friar
      And bonds without a date, they say, are void.
  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.
    the date for pleading
    • 1844, Mark Akenside, The Pleasures of the Imagination, Book II
      He at once, Down the long series of eventful time, So fix'd the dates of being, so disposed To every living soul of every kind The field of motion, and the hour of rest.
    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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Alexander Pope,
      What Time would spare, from Steel receives its date.
  5. (obsolete) Given or assigned length of life; duration.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Edmund Spenser,
      Good luck prolonged hath thy date.
    • (Can we date this quote?) George Chapman (translator), Homer (author), The Odysseys of Homer, Volume 1, Book IV,[1] lines 282–5,
      As now Saturnius, through his life's whole date,
      Hath Nestor's bliss raised to as steep a state,
      Both in his age to keep in peace his house,
      And to have children wise and valorous.
  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.
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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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Joseph Addison
      You will be surprised, I don't question, to find among your correspondencies in foreign parts, a letter dated from Blois.
    • 1801 [1796 January], William Cobbett, A New Year's Gift, Porcupine's works, footnote, page 430,
      I keep to the very words of the letter; but that, by "this State," is meant the State of Pennsylvania, cannot be doubted, especially when we see that the letter is dated at Philadelphia.
    • 1913 [1863], Marcus Aurelius, George Long (translator), Matthew Arnold (essay), The Thoughts of the Emperor M. Aurelius Antoninus, G. Bell and Sons, page 227,
      In these countries much of his Journal seems to have been written; parts of it are dated from them; and there, a few weeks before his fifty-ninth birthday, he fell sick and died.
    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.
    • 2008 May 15, NEWS.com.au, "Jessica Simpson upset John Mayer dating Jennifer Aniston":
      Jessica Simpson reportedly went on a drinking binge after discovering ex-boyfriend John Mayer is dating Jennifer Aniston.
  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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Edward Everett
      The Batavian republic dates from the successes of the French arms.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[2]:
      He stood transfixed before the unaccustomed view of London at night time, a vast panorama which reminded him [] of some wood engravings far off and magical, in a printshop in his childhood. They dated from the previous century and were coarsely printed on tinted paper, with tinsel outlining the design.
    • 2013 June 8, “The new masters and commanders”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 52: 
      From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.
Usage notes[edit]
  • To note the time of writing one may say dated at or from a place.
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Aromanian[edit]

Numeral[edit]

date

  1. Variant of dzatse

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English date.

Noun[edit]

date c (singular definite daten, plural indefinite dates)

  1. (informal) a date (meeting with a lover or potential lover)

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date (imperative date, infinitive at date, present tense dater, past tense datede, past participle har datet)

  1. (informal) to date

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French, from Late Latin data, from Latin datus.

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date f (plural dates)

  1. date (point in time)

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Interlingua[edit]

Participle[edit]

date

  1. past participle of dar

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

date f

  1. plural form of data

Verb[edit]

date

  1. second-person plural present of dare
  2. third-person singular imperative of dare
  3. feminine plural of dato, past participle of dare

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

date

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of

Participle[edit]

date

  1. vocative masculine singular of datus

Novial[edit]

Noun[edit]

date (plural dates)

  1. date (point in time)

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

date f (oblique plural dates, nominative singular date, nominative plural dates)

  1. date (point in time)
  2. date (fruit)

Portuguese[edit]

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date

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of datar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of datar
  3. first-person singular imperative of datar
  4. third-person singular imperative of datar

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date

  1. Compound of the informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of dar, da and the pronoun te.