Meaning of DATE in English

I. ˈdāt, usu -ād.+V noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, modification of Old Italian dattero or Old Provençal datil, from Latin dactylus, from Greek daktylos, literally, finger

1. : the oblong fruit of a palm ( Phoenix dactylifera ) that constitutes a staple food for the people of northern Africa and western Asia and is also largely imported into other countries

2. or date palm : a tall tree with pinnate leaves and large clusters of dioecious flowers that yields the date and is cultivated especially in many parts of the tropics

3. : washington palm

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin data, from data (as in data Romae given at Rome), feminine of Latin datus, past participle of dare to give; akin to Greek didonai to give, Sanskrit dadāti he gives

1. : a statement or formula affixed (as to a piece of writing, inscription, or coin) that specifies the time (as day, month, and year) and often the place of execution or making

a letter bearing the date 3 January 1856

2. : the point of time at which a transaction or event takes place or is appointed to take place : a given point of time

preparations were sometimes in progress far ahead of the eventful date — Della Lutes

Easter occurs on any date between March 22 and April 25


a. : the extent of time that something lasts : duration

the short date of all things sweet — Rebecca P. Parkin

b. archaic : termination , end

4. : the period of time to which something belongs especially historically

sculptures of an early date

a style belonging to a later date


a. : an appointment or engagement usually for a specified time

has a date with his lawyer to discuss the sale of a house

especially : an appointment between two persons of the opposite sex for the mutual enjoyment of some form of social activity

make a date with his girl

b. : an occasion (as an evening) of social activity arranged in advance between two persons of opposite sex

c. : a person of the opposite sex with whom one enjoys such an occasion of social activity

his date at the school dance

Synonyms: see engagement

- to date

- up to date

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English daten, from Middle French dater, from Medieval Latin datare, from Late Latin data, n.

transitive verb


a. : to determine or fix the date of origination, fabrication, composition, or occurrence of

date an early American antique

: assign to a particular time or period of time

the start of the Counter Reformation is to be dated from this time — R.A.Hall b.1911

b. : to assign a chronology to

method for dating geological periods

2. : to note down, record, or mark with the date

bills are dated on the day they are made out

date the arrival of each new bird

engine blocks dated as they pass off the assembly line

specifically : to write and date

the news dispatch was dated from New York

3. obsolete : to put an end to

4. : to make a date with

she was dated several times by her boss

he didn't go to the dance because all the girls he knew were dated up

: go on a date with

she dated several boys of his acquaintance


a. : to mark strongly or essentially with the qualities typical of a particular period

the manner in which the brushwork is handled dates the work of the great artists

b. : to make (as a style, an art work, or an artist) only briefly fashionable or artistically appealing : limit artistically to a short period of time especially time in the past : quickly deprive of artistic originality or freshness

sentimentality dates most 19th century novelists

a flashy architectural style dates a house

6. : to show up plainly the age of

his button shoes surely date him

intransitive verb

1. : to estimate or record the date or chronology

the historian dates by years, the geologist by millions of years

a machine that dates, weighs, and wraps automatically

2. : to become dated and written — usually used with from

a report dating from headquarters


a. : originate

furniture dating as far back as the Revolution

the manuscript dates not later than the latter half of the 14th century

b. : to continue in existence : extend

a friendship dating from college days

pioneer stock dating back to 1640

4. : to become dated

a fashion that never seems to date

the novel, now a half century old, shows no signs of dating

IV. intransitive verb

: to go out on usually romantic dates ; also : to be involved in a romantic relationship

they dated , and he proposed by telephone — Time

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.