a particular month, day, and year at which some event happened or will happen: July 4, 1776 was the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
the day of the month: Is today's date the 7th or the 8th?
an inscription on a writing, coin, etc., that shows the time, or time and place, of writing, casting, delivery, etc.: a letter bearing the date January 16.
the time or period to which any event or thing belongs; period in general: Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.
the time during which anything lasts; duration: The pity is that childhood has so short a date.
an appointment for a particular time: They have a date with their accountant at ten o'clock.
a social appointment or engagement arranged beforehand with another person, especially when a romantic relationship exists or may develop: to go out on a Saturday night date.
a person with whom one has such a social appointment or engagement: Can I bring a date to the party?
an engagement for an entertainer to perform.
dates, the birth and death dates, usually in years, of a person: Dante's dates are 1265 to 1321.
to have or bear a date: The letter dates from 1873.
to belong to a particular period; have its origin: That dress dates from the 19th century. The architecture dates as far back as 1830.
to reckon from some point in time: The custom dates from the days when women wore longer skirts.
to go out socially on dates: She dated a lot during high school.
to mark or furnish with a date: Please date the check as of today.
to ascertain or fix the period or point in time of; assign a period or point in time to: The archaeologist dated the ruins as belonging to the early Minoan period.
to show the age of; show to be old-fashioned.
to make a date with; go out on dates with: He's been dating his best friend's sister.
Idioms about date
to date, up to the present time; until now: This is his best book to date.
up to date. See entry at up-to-date.
- dat·a·ble, date·a·ble, adjective
- dat·a·ble·ness, date·a·ble·ness, noun
- dat·er, noun
- un·dat·a·ble, adjective
- un·date·a·ble, adjective
Other definitions for date (2 of 2)
the oblong, fleshy fruit of the date palm, a staple food in northern Africa, Arabia, etc., and an important export.
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How to use date in a sentence
If we’re talking about something or we’re watching a show … I’ll use conversations that we’re having as fodder for date conversations.
You can add it to your listing or your clients’ profiles by adding an opening date under the “Info” option in the admin menu.Is Google moving toward being search marketing’s point of singularity: Thursday’s daily brief | Carolyn Lyden | February 11, 2021 | Search Engine Land
They had met one year earlier, on Valentine’s Day 2019, on a date where everything seemed to go right.Date Lab: One of our setups is still going strong two years later. We caught up with Willie and Renee for an update. | Marin Cogan | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
So if your business has been around for some time, adding the open date can help encourage a searcher to click on your listing and potentially call or visit your location, hopefully ultimately leading to a sale.Google officially displays years in business in local pack | Barry Schwartz | February 10, 2021 | Search Engine Land
Four of those have already been made up, and another two have rescheduled dates set.Big Ten moves men’s basketball tournament to Indianapolis | Emily Giambalvo | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
In my four years of college, I know exactly one woman who has asked a man out on a date.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating | Ellie Schaack | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
As I sign the forms to be admitted to have surgery the next day, I ask my husband the date.
The trickiest items having been placed in the “freezer” to be addressed at a later date.Did The U.S.-Cuba Deal Help Drive A Rebel Ceasefire in Colombia? | Richard McColl | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Just a month from that date, he now no longer believes that to be realistic, and will no longer estimate a timeline for the trial.Prosecutors Have No Idea When 9/11 Mastermind’s Trial Will Start | Tim Mak | December 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When on August 7, 2013 Future finally did share a tentative date, he also made a significant change.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists | Luke Hopping | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bessires was included because he would never win it at any later date, but his doglike devotion made him a priceless subordinate.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
A native of Haarlem on Zandam, the date of her birth being unknown.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
At the latter date all artists were obliged to vacate the Sorbonne ateliers to make room for some new department of instruction.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
The text of the amendments designed to carry out these recommendations will be submitted by the Board at an early date.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
Hitherto, I have not given the subject much consideration, but I turn over a new leaf from the date of this adventure.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
British Dictionary definitions for date (1 of 2)
a specified day of the month: today's date is October 27
the particular day or year of an event: the date of the Norman Conquest was 1066
(plural) the years of a person's birth and death or of the beginning and end of an event or period
an inscription on a coin, letter, etc, stating when it was made or written
an appointment for a particular time, esp with a person to whom one is sexually or romantically attached: she has a dinner date
the person with whom the appointment is made
the present moment; now (esp in the phrases to date, up to date)
(tr) to mark (a letter, coin, etc) with the day, month, or year
(tr) to assign a date of occurrence or creation to
(intr; foll by from or back to) to have originated (at a specified time): his decline dates from last summer
(tr) to reveal the age of: that dress dates her
to make or become old-fashioned: some good films hardly date at all
informal, mainly US and Canadian
to be a boyfriend or girlfriend of (someone of the opposite sex)
to accompany (a member of the opposite sex) on a date
- datable or dateable, adjective
- dateless, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for date (2 of 2)
the fruit of the date palm, having sweet edible flesh and a single large woody seed
short for date palm
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Other Idioms and Phrases with date
In addition to the idiom beginning with date
- date rape
- bring up to date
- double date
- make a date
- out of date
- to date
- up to date
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