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dine

[dahyn]
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verb (used without object), dined, din·ing.
  1. to eat the principal meal of the day; have dinner.
  2. to take any meal.
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verb (used with object), dined, din·ing.
  1. to entertain at dinner.
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noun
  1. Scot. dinner.
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Verb Phrases
  1. dine out, to take a meal, especially the principal or more formal meal of the day, away from home, as in a hotel or restaurant: They dine out at least once a week.
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Origin of dine

1250–1300; Middle English dinen < Anglo-French, Old French di(s)ner < Vulgar Latin *disjējūnāre to break one's fast, equivalent to Latin dis- dis-1 + Late Latin jējūnāre to fast; see jejune
Related formspre·dine, verb (used without object), pre·dined, pre·din·ing.
Can be confuseddeign dine
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British Dictionary definitions for dine out

dine out

verb (intr, adverb)
  1. to dine away from home, esp in a restaurant
  2. (foll by on) to have dinner at the expense of someone else mainly for the sake of one's knowledge or conversation about (a subject or story)
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dine

verb
  1. (intr) to eat dinner
  2. (intr; often foll by on, off, or upon) to make one's meal (of)the guests dined upon roast beef
  3. (tr) informal to entertain to dinner (esp in the phrase wine and dine someone)
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French disner, contracted from Vulgar Latin disjējūnāre (unattested) to cease fasting, from dis- not + Late Latin jējūnāre to fast; see jejune
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Word Origin and History for dine out

dine

v.

late 13c., from Old French disner (Modern French dîner) "to dine, eat, have a meal," originally "take the first meal of the day," from stem of Gallo-Romance *desjunare "to break one's fast," from Vulgar Latin *disjejunare, from dis- "undo" (see dis-) + Late Latin jejunare "to fast," from Latin iejunus "fasting, hungry" (see jejune).

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Idioms and Phrases with dine out

dine

In addition to the idiom beginning with dine

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