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.
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

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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