Meaning of DATE in English

I. date 1 S1 W1 /deɪt/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ date , ↑ predate ; adjective : ↑ dated , ↑ outdated ; noun : ↑ date ]

[ Sense 1-5: Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: French ; Origin: Late Latin data , from the past participle of Latin dare 'to give' ]

[ Sense 6: Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: Greek daktylos 'finger' ]

1 . DAY a particular day of the month or year, especially shown by a number:

The date on the letter was 30th August 1962.

What’s today’s date?

date of

What’s the date of the next meeting?

You should apply at least 8 weeks before your date of departure.

date for

Have you set a date for the wedding yet?

2 . at a later/future date formal at some time in the future SYN later :

The details will be agreed at a later date.

3 . to date up to now:

The cost of the work to date has been about £150 million.

Her best performance to date was her third place at the World Junior Championships.


a) an occasion when you go out with someone that you like in a romantic way

date with

I’ve got a date with Andrea tomorrow night.

I felt like a teenager going out on a first date.

⇨ ↑ blind date

b) American English someone that you have a date with

sb’s date

Can I bring my date to the party?

5 . ARRANGEMENT TO MEET SOMEBODY a time arranged to meet someone, especially socially:

Let’s make a date to come over and visit.

6 . FRUIT a sweet sticky brown fruit with a long hard seed inside

⇨ ↑ closing date , ⇨ expiry date at ↑ expiry (2), ⇨ ↑ out-of-date , ↑ sell-by date , ↑ up-to-date

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▪ the exact/precise date

I can’t remember the exact date we moved into this house.

▪ the agreed date British English , agreed upon date American English (=one that people have agreed on)

The work was not finished by the agreed date.

▪ the closing date (=the last day you can officially do something)

The closing date for applications is April 30th.

▪ the due date (=the date by which something is due to happen)

Payment must be made by the due date.

▪ the delivery date (=a date on which goods will be delivered)

The delivery date should be around 23rd August.

▪ the publication date (=the date when something is published)

We are aiming at a publication date of mid-November.

▪ the departure date (=the date when someone leaves)

My departure date was only a few days away.

▪ the expiry date British English , expiration date American English (=a date on a product after which it cannot be used)

Check the expiry date on your credit card.

▪ the sell-by date British English (=a date on a food product after which it should not be sold)

Those yoghurts are a week past their sell-by date.

■ verbs

▪ decide on a date (=choose the date when something will happen)

Have you decided on a date for the wedding yet?

▪ set/fix a date (=decide the date when something will happen)

They haven’t set a date for the election yet.

■ phrases

▪ today’s date

Don’t forget to put today’s date at the top of the letter.

▪ sb’s date of birth ( also sb’s birth date ) (=the day and year when someone was born)

What’s your date of birth?

▪ the date of publication/issue/departure etc formal

The insurance will only cover costs incurred on or after the date of departure.

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▪ meeting an occasion when people meet in order to discuss something:

a business meeting.


Mr Bell is in a meeting.


The committee will hold another meeting Wednesday.

▪ conference an organized event, especially one that continues for several days, at which a lot of people meet to discuss a particular subject and hear speeches about it:

Didn’t you give a talk at the conference last year?


a conference of women business leaders

▪ convention a large formal meeting of people who belong to a political party, or to an organization of people with the same interests:

the Democratic Party Convention


a convention for Star Trek fans

▪ rally a large public meeting, especially one that is held outdoors to support or protest about something:

There was a massive peace rally in London.

▪ summit a meeting between government leaders from important and powerful countries, to discuss important matters:

A summit meeting of OPEC leaders was called to find a solution to the oil crisis.


next week’s economic summit

▪ caucus American English a local meeting of the members of a political party to choose people to represent them at a larger meeting, or to choose a candidate in an election:

Obama won the Iowa caucus in 2007.

▪ teleconference/video conference a business meeting in which people in different places talk to each other using telephones or video equipment:

The chairman held teleconferences with his senior managers.

▪ gathering/get-together a situation in which a group of people come together to meet, talk, and have drinks with each other, especially friends or family:

We held a small family get-together to celebrate her birthday.


She arranged social gatherings in Kettering for young people on Saturday evenings.

▪ date an arrangement to meet someone who you are having, or hoping to have, a romantic relationship with:

I think I might ask her out on a date.

▪ rendezvous a meeting where two people have arranged to meet at a particular time or place, often secretly:

She arranged a rendezvous with him in the hotel bar.

▪ tryst literary a secret meeting between people who are having a romantic relationship:

a good place for a moonlight tryst

II. date 2 S3 W3 BrE AmE verb

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ date , ↑ predate ; adjective : ↑ dated , ↑ outdated ; noun : ↑ date ]

1 . WRITE DATE [transitive] to write or print the date on something:

a newspaper dated November 23, 1963

Make sure you sign and date it at the bottom.

2 . FIND AGE [transitive] to find out when something old was made or formed:

The rocks are dated by examining the fossils found in the same layer.

radiocarbon dating

3 . OLD-FASHIONED [intransitive] if clothing, art etc dates, it begins to look old-fashioned:

His designs are so classic, they’ve hardly dated at all.

⇨ ↑ dated

4 . RELATIONSHIP [intransitive and transitive] American English to have a romantic relationship with someone SYN go out with :

Is he still dating Sarah?

Are Chris and Liz dating?

5 . SHOW SB’S AGE [transitive] if something that you say, do, or wear dates you, it shows that you are fairly old:

Yes, I remember the moon landings – that dates me, doesn’t it?

date from something ( also date back to something ) phrasal verb

to have existed since a particular time in the past:

The church dates from the 13th century.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.