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

 

dine

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//daɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//daɪn//
 
[intransitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dine
BrE BrE//daɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//daɪn//
 
he / she / it dines
BrE BrE//daɪnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//daɪnz//
 
past simple dined
BrE BrE//daɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//daɪnd//
 
past participle dined
BrE BrE//daɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//daɪnd//
 
-ing form dining
BrE BrE//ˈdaɪnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaɪnɪŋ//
 
 
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  • to eat dinner We dined with my parents at a restaurant in town. 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 Yamada) reserve/ (especially British English) book 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 (British English) speciality/(especially North American English) specialty serve/​finish the first course/​the starter/​the main course/​dessert/​coffee complain about the food/​the service/​your meal enjoy your mealPaying pay/​ask for (especially British English) the bill/(North American English) the check pay for/​treat somebody to dinner/​lunch/​the meal service is (not) included give somebody/​leave (somebody) a tip
  • Word Origin Middle English: from Old French disner, probably from desjëuner ‘to break fast’, from des- (expressing reversal) + jëun ‘fasting’ (from Latin jejunus).Extra examples We dined in style in the hotel restaurant. the joys of dining al fresco He dined out every night. His boss took him out to be wined and dined. The guests dined on lobster.Idioms
    wine and dine (somebody)
     
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    to go to restaurants, etc. and enjoy good food and drink; to entertain somebody 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. More Like This Rhyming pairs in idioms doom and gloom, fair and square, high and dry, huff and puff, name and shame, slice and dice, thrills and spills, wear and tear, wheel and deal, wine and dineSee worksheet.
    Phrasal Verbsdine on somethingdine outdine out on something
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