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Definition of dine verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dine
he / she / it dines
past simple dined
-ing form dining
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  • to eat dinner We dined with my parents at a restaurant in town. Topic CollocationsRestaurantseating out eat (lunch/dinner)/dine/meet at/in a restaurant go (out)/take somebody (out) for lunch/dinner/a meal have a meal with somebody make/have a reservation (in/under the name of Baker) reserve a table for six ask for/request a table for two/a table by the windowin the restaurant wait to be seated show somebody to their table sit in the corner/by the window/at the bar/at the counter hand somebody/give somebody the menu/wine list open/read/study/peruse the menu the restaurant has a three-course set menu/a children's menu/an extensive wine list taste/sample/try the wine the waiter takes your order order/choose/have the soup of the day/one of the specials/the house specialty serve/finish the appetizers/the first course/the main course/dessert/coffee complain about the food/the service/your meal enjoy your mealpaying pay/ask for the check/the bill pay for/treat somebody to dinner/lunch/the meal a gratuity/a service charge is (not) included give somebody/leave (somebody) a tip
  • Idioms
    wine and dine (somebody)
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    to go to restaurants, etc. and enjoy good food and drink; to entertain someone by buying them good food and drink The town offers many opportunities for wining and dining. The firm spent thousands wining and dining potential clients.
    Phrasal Verbsdine on somethingdine outdine out on something
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dine