[ dahyn ]
/ daɪn /
verb (used without object), dined, din·ing.
to eat the principal meal of the day; have dinner.
to take any meal.
verb (used with object), dined, din·ing.
to entertain at dinner.
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
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 (1 of 2)
verb (intr, adverb)
to dine away from home, esp in a restaurant
(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)
British Dictionary definitions for dine out (2 of 2)
/ (daɪn) /
(intr) to eat dinner
(intr; often foll by on, off, or upon) to make one's meal (of)the guests dined upon roast beef
(tr) informal to entertain to dinner (esp in the phrase wine and dine someone)
Word Origin for dine
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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Idioms and Phrases with dine out
In addition to the idiom beginning with dine
- dine out on
- eat (dine) out
- wine and dine
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