Meaning of DATE in English

DATE

/ deɪt; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

PARTICULAR DAY

1.

[ C ] a particular day of the month, sometimes in a particular year, given in numbers and words :

'What's the date today?' 'The 10th.'

Write today's date at the top of the page.

We need to fix a date for the next meeting.

They haven't set a date for the wedding yet.

I can't come on that date.

Please give your name, address and date of birth .

( especially NAmE )

name, address and birth date

There's no date on this letter.

—see also best-before date , closing date , sell-by date

PAST TIME / FUTURE

2.

[ sing. , U ] a time in the past or future that is not a particular day :

The details can be added at a later date .

The work will be carried out at a future date .

a building of late Roman date

ARRANGEMENT TO MEET

3.

[ C ] ( BrE ) an arrangement to meet sb at a particular time :

Call me next week and we'll try and make a date .

ROMANTIC MEETING

4.

[ C ] a meeting that you have arranged with a boyfriend or girlfriend or with sb who might become a boyfriend or girlfriend :

I've got a date with Lucy tomorrow night.

Paul's not coming. He's got a hot date (= an exciting one) .

—see also blind date , double date

5.

[ C ] ( especially NAmE ) a boyfriend or girlfriend with whom you have arranged a date :

My date is meeting me at seven.

FRUIT

6.

[ C ] a sweet sticky brown fruit that grows on a tree called a date palm , common in N Africa and W Asia

IDIOMS

- to date

—see also out of date , up to date

■ verb

WRITE DATE

1.

[ vn ] to write or print the date on sth :

Thank you for your letter dated 24th March.

FIND AGE

2.

[ vn ] to say when sth old existed or was made :

The skeleton has been dated at about 2 000 BC.

OF CLOTHES / WORDS

3.

[ v ] to become old-fashioned :

She designs classic clothes which do not date.

PERSON

4.

[ vn ] if sth dates you, it shows that you are fairly old or older than the people you are with :

I was at the Woodstock festival—that dates me, doesn't it?

HAVE RELATIONSHIP

5.

( especially NAmE ) to have a romantic relationship with sb :

[ vn ]

She's been dating Ron for several months.

[also v ]

PHRASAL VERBS

- date back (to ... ) | date from ...

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WORD ORIGIN

noun senses 1 to 5 and verb Middle English : via Old French from medieval Latin data , feminine past participle of dare give; from the Latin formula used in dating letters, data (epistola) (letter) given or delivered, to record a particular time or place.

noun sense 6 Middle English : from Old French , via Latin from Greek daktulos finger (because of the finger-like shape of its leaves).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.