—n. 1. 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. 2. the day of the month: Is today's date the 7th or the 8th? 3. 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. 4. the time or period to which any event or thing belongs; period in general: at a late date. 5. the time during which anything lasts; duration: The pity is that childhood has so short a date. 6. an appointment for a particular time: They have a date with their accountant at ten o'clock. 7. a social appointment, engagement, or occasion arranged beforehand with another person: to go out on a date on Saturday night. 8. a person with whom one has such a social appointment or engagement: Can I bring a date to the party? 9. an engagement for an entertainer to perform.
10. dates,the birth and death dates, usually in years, of a person: Dante's dates are 1265 to 1321. 11. to date, up to the present time; until now: This is his best book to date. 12. up to date, in agreement with or inclusive of the latest information; modern: Bring us up to date on the news.
—v.i. 1. to have or bear a date: The letter dates from 1873. 2. to belong to a particular period; have its origin: That dress dates from the 19th century. The architecture dates as far back as 1830. 3. to reckon from some point in time: The custom dates from the days when women wore longer skirts. 4. to go out socially on dates: She dated a lot during high school.
—v.t. 1. to mark or furnish with a date: Please date the check as of today. 2. 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. 3. to show the age of; show to be old-fashioned.
4. to make a date with; go out on dates with: He's been dating his best friend's sister.
Pronunciation: (dāt),[key] —n. the oblong, fleshy fruit of the date palm, a staple food in northern Africa, Arabia, etc., and an important export.