Meaning of DATE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ deɪt ]

( dates, dating, dated)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


A date is a specific time that can be named, for example a particular day or a particular year.

What’s the date today?...

You will need to give the dates you wish to stay and the number of rooms you require.



If you date something, you give or discover the date when it was made or when it began.

I think we can date the decline of Western Civilization quite precisely...

Archaeologists have dated the fort to the reign of Emperor Antoninus Pius.

VERB : V n , V n to n


When you date something such as a letter or a cheque, you write that day’s date on it.

Once the decision is reached, he can date and sign the sheet...

The letter is dated 2 July 1993.

VERB : V n , V-ed


If you want to refer to an event without saying exactly when it will happen or when it happened, you can say that it will happen or happened at some date in the future or past.

Retain copies of all correspondence, since you may need them at a later date...

N-SING : with supp , at N


To date means up until the present time.

‘Dottie’ is by far his best novel to date...

PHRASE : PHR with cl


If something dates , it goes out of fashion and becomes unacceptable to modern tastes.

A black coat always looks smart and will never date...



If your ideas, what you say, or the things that you like or can remember date you, they show that you are quite old or older than the people you are with.

It’s going to date me now. I attended that school from 1969 to 1972.

VERB : V n


A date is an appointment to meet someone or go out with them, especially someone with whom you are having, or may soon have, a romantic relationship.

I have a date with Bob...



If you have a date with someone with whom you are having, or may soon have, a romantic relationship, you can refer to that person as your date .

He lied to Essie, saying his date was one of the girls in the show.

N-COUNT : usu poss N


If you are dating someone, you go out with them regularly because you are having, or may soon have, a romantic relationship with them. You can also say that two people are dating .

For a year I dated a woman who was a research assistant...

They’ve been dating for three months...

V-RECIP : V n , pl-n V


A date is a small, dark-brown, sticky fruit with a stone inside. Dates grow on palm trees in hot countries.



see also blind date , carbon dating , dated , out of date , up to date

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