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1 the specified day of the month; "what is the date today?" [syn: day of the month]
2 a particular day specified as the time something will happen; "the date of the election is set by law"
3 a meeting arranged in advance; "she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date" [syn: appointment, engagement]
4 a particular but unspecified point in time; "they hoped to get together at an early date"
5 the present; "they are up to date"; "we haven't heard from them to date"
6 a participant in a date; "his date never stopped talking" [syn: escort]
7 the particular day, month, or year (usually according to the Gregorian calendar) that an event occurred; "he tried to memorizes all the dates for his history class"
8 sweet edible fruit of the date palm with a single long woody seed


1 go on a date with; "Tonight she is dating a former high school sweetheart"
2 stamp with a date; "The package is dated November 24" [syn: date stamp]
3 assign a date to; determine the (probable) date of; "Scientists often cannot date precisely archeological or prehistorical findings"
4 date regularly; have a steady relationship with; "Did you know that she is seeing an older man?"; "He is dating his former wife again!" [syn: go steady, go out, see]
5 provide with a dateline; mark with a date; "She wrote the letter on Monday but she dated it Saturday so as not to reveal that she procrastinated"

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Etymology 1

From etyl fr datte, from etyl la dactylus, from etyl grc δάκτυλος (from the resemblance of the date to a human finger), probably from a Semitic source such as etyl ar دقل or etyl he דקל.


  1. In the context of "Botany": The fruit of the date palm. This sweet fruit is somewhat in the shape of an olive, containing a soft pulp and enclosing a hard kernel.
  2. In the context of "Botany": The date palm itself.
Derived terms
fruit of the date palm
date palm

Etymology 2

From French date, data, from Latin datus given, past participle of dare to give; akin to Greek, Old Slavonic dati, Sanskrit . Compare datum, dose, Dato, Die


  1. That addition to a writing, inscription, coin, etc., which specifies the time (as day, month, and year) when the writing or inscription was given, or executed, or made; as, the date of a letter, of a will, of a deed, of a coin, etc.
    • John Dryden,
      And bonds without a date, they say, are void.
  2. The point of time at which a transaction or event takes place, or is appointed to take place; a given point of time; epoch; as, the date of a battle. A specific day.
    • Mark Akenside,
      He at once, Down the long series of eventful time, So fixed the dates of being, so disposed To every living soul of every kind The field of motion, and the hour of rest.
  3. A point in time, as in You may need that at a later date.
  4. Assigned end; conclusion.
  5. Given or assigned length of life; duration.
    • Edmund Spenser,
      Good luck prolonged hath thy date.
    • George Chapman (translator), Homer (author), The Odysseys of Homer, Volume 1, Book IV,[ ] lines 282–5,
      As now Saturnius, through his life's whole date,
      Hath Nestor's bliss raised to as steep a state,
      Both in his age to keep in peace his house,
      And to have children wise and valorous.
  6. A pre-arranged social meeting.
  7. A companion when one is partaking in a social occasion.
  8. A meeting with a lover or potential lover, or the person so met.
  9. In the context of "Australian slang": anus.
That addition to a writing, inscription, coin, etc
  • Arabic: (tarīx)
  • Danish: datering
  • German: Datum
  • Hebrew: תאריך (taarykh)
  • Italian: data
  • Russian: дата
point of time at which a transaction or event takes place
point in time
  • Czech: datum
  • Danish: tidspunkt
  • Finnish: ajankohta
  • German: Zeitpunkt
  • Italian: data
  • Portuguese: data
  • Russian: дата
assigned end; conclusion
  • German: Ende
  • Russian: срок
obsolete: Given or assigned length of life
  • German: Zeit
  • Russian: срок, век
pre-arranged social meeting
A companion when one is partaking in a social occasion


  1. To note the time of writing or executing; to express in an instrument the time of its execution; as, to date a letter, a bond, a deed, or a charter
  2. To note or fix the time of, as of an event; to give the date of; as, to date the building of the pyramids
    Note: We may say dated at or from a place.
    The letter is dated at Philadephia. - G. T. Curtis
    You will be surprised, I don't question, to find among your correspondencies in foreign parts, a letter dated from Blois. - Addison
    In the countries of his jornal seems to have been written; parts of it are dated from them. - M. Arnold
  3. To determine the age of something
  4. To take (someone) on a series of dates
  5. To become old, especially in such a way as to fall out of fashion, become less appealing or attractive, etc.
    The Batavian republic dates from the successes of the French arms. - E. Everett
  6. To have beginning; to begin; to be dated or reckoned; -- with from
    This show hasn't dated well.
To note the time of writing or executing
To note or fix the time of, as of an event
To determine the age of something
To take (someone) on a series of dates
To begin





  1. ten



  • /dat/


fr-noun f
  1. date (point in time)



  1. Plural of data


  1. second person plural present tense of dare
  2. second person plural imperative of dare
  3. feminine plural of dato, past participle of dare

Extensive Definition

Date may refer to:
date in German: Date
date in French: Date (homonymie)
date in Italian: Date
date in Dutch: Date
date in Japanese: 伊達
date in Simple English: Date

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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