verb (used without object), dat·ed, dat·ing.

verb (used with object), dat·ed, dat·ing.

Nearby words

  1. dataflow architecture,
  2. datal,
  3. datary,
  4. dataveillance,
  5. datcha,
  6. date boil,
  7. date line, international,
  8. date mussel,
  9. date night,
  10. date of record


    to date, up to the present time; until now: This is his best book to date.
    up to date, in agreement with or inclusive of the latest information; modern: Bring us up to date on the news.

Origin of date

1275–1325; (noun) Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin data, noun use of data (feminine of datus, past participle of dare to give), from the phrase data (Romae) written, given (at Rome); (v.) Middle English daten to sign or date a document, derivative of the noun

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British Dictionary definitions for to date




a specified day of the monthtoday's date is October 27
the particular day or year of an eventthe 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
  1. an appointment for a particular time, esp with a person to whom one is sexually or romantically attachedshe has a dinner date
  2. 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 ofthat dress dates her
to make or become old-fashionedsome good films hardly date at all
informal, mainly US and Canadian
  1. to be a boyfriend or girlfriend of (someone of the opposite sex)
  2. to accompany (a member of the opposite sex) on a date
Derived Formsdatable or dateable, adjectivedateless, adjective

Word Origin for date

C14: from Old French, from Latin dare to give, as in the phrase epistula data Romae letter handed over at Rome


See year




the fruit of the date palm, having sweet edible flesh and a single large woody seed
short for date palm

Word Origin for date

C13: from Old French, from Latin, from Greek daktulos finger

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Word Origin and History for to date
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with to date

to date

Up to now, until the present time, as in To date we've received no word from them. [First half of 1900s]


In addition to the idiom beginning with date

  • date rape

also see

  • bring up to date
  • double date
  • make a date
  • out of date
  • to date
  • up to date
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