Definition of date verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//deɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//deɪt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they date
    BrE BrE//deɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//deɪt//
    he / she / it dates
    BrE BrE//deɪts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//deɪts//
    past simple dated
    BrE BrE//ˈdeɪtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdeɪtɪd//
    past participle dated
    BrE BrE//ˈdeɪtɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdeɪtɪd//
    -ing form dating
    BrE BrE//ˈdeɪtɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdeɪtɪŋ//
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    write date
  1. 1  [transitive] date something to write or print the date on something Thank you for your letter dated 24th March. The forms should be dated and signed and sent back immediately.
  2. find age
  3. 2  [transitive] date something (at/to something) to say when something old existed or was made The skeleton has been dated at about 2 000 BC.
  4. of clothes/words
  5. 3[intransitive] to become old-fashioned She designs classic clothes which do not date.
  6. person
  7. 4[transitive] date somebody if something dates you, it shows that you are fairly old or older than the people you are with I was at the Woodstock festival—that dates me, doesn't it?
  8. have relationship
  9. 5[transitive, intransitive] date (somebody) (especially North American English) to have a romantic relationship with somebody She's been dating Ron for several months. See related entries: Romance
  10. Word Originverb Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin data, feminine past participle of dare ‘give’; from the Latin formula used in dating letters, data (epistola) ‘(letter) given or delivered’, to record a particular time or place.Extra examples It has not yet been possible to date the paintings accurately. How long have you two been dating? She’s been dating Ron for several months. Phrasal Verbsdate back (to…)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: date