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



    BrE BrE//deɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//deɪt//
    Fruit, Romance
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    particular day
  1. 1  [countable] a particular day of the month, sometimes in a particular year, given in numbers and words ‘What's the date today?’ ‘The 10th.’ Write today's date at the top of the page. We need to fix a date for the next meeting. They haven't set a date for the wedding yet. I can't come on that date. Please give your name, address and date of birth. (especially North American English) name, address and birth date There's no date on this letter. Anyone who knows of the vehicle’s whereabouts from that date until 31 October is asked to contact Bangor police station. see also best-before date, closing date, sell-by date
  2. past time/future
  3. 2  [singular, uncountable] a time in the past or future that is not a particular day The details can be added at a later date. The work will be carried out at a future date. a building of late Roman date
  4. arrangement to meet
  5. 3  [countable] an arrangement to meet somebody at a particular time Call me next week and we'll try and make a date. Next Friday? Fine—it's a date!
  6. romantic meeting
  7. 4  [countable] a meeting that you have arranged with a boyfriend or girlfriend or with somebody who might become a boyfriend or girlfriend I've got a date with Lucy tomorrow night. Paul's not coming. He's got a hot date (= an exciting one). CollocationsMarriage and divorceRomance fall/​be (madly/​deeply/​hopelessly) in love (with somebody) be/​believe in/​fall in love at first sight be/​find true love/​the love of your life suffer (from) (the pains/​pangs of) unrequited love have/​feel/​show/​express great/​deep/​genuine affection for somebody/​something meet/​marry your husband/​wife/​partner/​fiancé/fiancée/​boyfriend/​girlfriend have/​go on a (blind) date be going out with/(especially North American English) dating a guy/​girl/​boy/​man/​woman move in with/​live with your boyfriend/​girlfriend/​partnerWeddings get/​be engaged/​married/​divorced arrange/​plan a wedding have a big wedding/​a honeymoon/​a happy marriage have/​enter into an arranged marriage call off/​cancel/​postpone your wedding invite somebody to/​go to/​attend a wedding/​a wedding ceremony/​a wedding reception conduct/​perform a wedding ceremony exchange rings/​wedding vows/​marriage vows congratulate/​toast/​raise a glass to the happy couple be/​go on honeymoon (with your wife/​husband) celebrate your first (wedding) anniversarySeparation and divorce be unfaithful to/(informal) cheat on your husband/​wife/​partner/​fiancé/fiancée/​boyfriend/​girlfriend have an affair (with somebody) break off/​end an engagement/​a relationship break up with/​split up with/ (informal) dump your boyfriend/​girlfriend separate from/​be separated from/​leave/​divorce your husband/​wife annul/​dissolve a marriage apply for/​ask for/​go through/​get a divorce get/​gain/​be awarded/​have/​lose custody of the children pay alimony/​child support (to your ex-wife/​husband) see also blind date, double date See related entries: Romance
  8. 5[countable] (especially North American English) a boyfriend or girlfriend with whom you have arranged a date My date is meeting me at seven. Wordfinderaffair, date, go out with somebody, jealous, love, marriage, partner, passionate, relationship, romantic
  9. fruit
  10. 6 [countable] a sweet sticky brown fruit that grows on a tree called a date palm, common in N Africa and W Asia See related entries: Fruit
  11. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 5 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. noun sense 6 Middle English: from Old French, via Latin from Greek daktulos ‘finger’ (because of the finger-like shape of its leaves).Extra examples Can we fix dates for the holiday? Give me a couple of dates are good for you. Has a date been fixed for the meeting? He really didn’t want to break his date with Alicia. He was late, and ended up breaking their dinner date. Historians disagree on the cut-off date for the medieval period. I can’t give you specific dates. I have a date with Camilla on Friday night. I have two meetings on that date. I need to find a date for Friday. It’s a great date movie. It’s difficult to put a date on when the idea started. It’s difficult to put a date on when this neighbourhood became fashionable. Joe’s getting ready for his big date on 3rd March, when he gets married. More money will be made available at some future date. Please give your name, address and date of birth. She had a hot date and wanted to look her best. She met her husband on a blind date. She suggested an earlier date for the meeting. She wanted to arrive in time to keep her date. She’s out on a date with her new boyfriend. The agreement runs from that date. The baby was born exactly on its due date. The building must be finished by the date agreed. The building was not finished by the completion date. The closing date for applications is May 22. The election is scheduled to take place at an unspecified date in the autumn. The foundations are Roman, but the rest of the building is of more recent date. This yogurt is past its sell-by date. We can do that at a later date. We cannot accept applications received after this date. We must make a date to have lunch. We need to set a date for the wedding. What’s the expiration/​expiry date on your credit card? What’s today’s date? the biggest date in the country music calendar the date of the election I can’t believe you set me up on a blind date. Paul’s not coming—he’s got a hot date! The building has certain features in common with cathedrals of a similar date. The coins are all of late Roman date. The details can be added at a later date. The work will be carried out at a future date.Idioms until now To date, we have received over 200 replies. The exhibition contains some of his best work to date. see also out of date, up to date
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