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:
at a late 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, engagement, or occasion arranged beforehand with another person:
to go out on a date on Saturday night.
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.
verb (used without object), dated, dating.
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.
verb (used with object), dated, dating.
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.
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.
the oblong, fleshy fruit of the date palm, a staple food in northern Africa, Arabia, etc., and an important export.
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
(pl) 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)
(transitive) to mark (a letter, coin, etc) with the day, month, or year
(transitive) to assign a date of occurrence or creation to
(intransitive; foll by from or back to) to have originated (at a specified time): his decline dates from last summer
(transitive) 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 & Canadian)

to be a boyfriend or girlfriend of (someone of the opposite sex)
to accompany (a member of the opposite sex) on a date

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


An engagement or rendezvous, esp with a member of the other sex (1885+)
A man or woman with whom one has an engagement or rendezvous: He’s her date for tonight (1925+)


: How many girls have you dated this week? (1902+)

Related Terms

blind date, cheap date, heavy date

convention, data
A string unique to a time duration of 24 hours between 2 successive midnights defined by the local time zone. The specific representation of a date will depend on which calendar convention is in force; e.g., Gregorian, Islamic, Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew etc. as well as local ordering conventions such as UK: day/month/year, US: month/day/year.
Inputting and outputting dates on computers is greatly complicated by these localisation issues which is why they tend to operate on dates internally in some unified form such as seconds past midnight at the start of the first of January 1970.
Many software and hardware representations of dates allow only two digits for the year, leading to the year 2000 problem.
Unix manual page: date(1), ctime(3).

the fruit of a species of palm (q.v.), the Phoenix dactilifera. This was a common tree in Palestine (Joel 1:12; Neh. 8:15). Palm branches were carried by the Jews on festive occasions, and especially at the feast of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:40; Neh. 8:15).

In addition to the idiom beginning with
also see

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


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