Dine | Definition of Dine by Merriam-Webster


\ ˈdīn How to pronounce dine (audio) \
dined; dining

Definition of dine

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intransitive verb

: to take dinner often used with ondine on pasta

transitive verb

: to give a dinner to wined her and dined her



Definition of dine (Entry 2 of 2)


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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of dine in a Sentence

Verb We'll be dining at six o'clock. She likes to dine at expensive restaurants. I will be dining alone tonight. We hope you have an enjoyable dining experience.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the suburbs, turkeys can take advantage of edge habitat, like woods and open spaces, and dine on a never-ending buffet of food provided by people—particularly birdseed. National Geographic, "Wild turkeys are at a record high in New England—but not all are thankful.," 25 Nov. 2019 Patrons can sip gourmet coffee -- sourced from global direct-trade growers -- and dine on sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, sweets and breakfast items, most of which feature ingredients from Medina Creative Housing’s nearby hydroponic greenhouse. cleveland, "Grande Cafe and Roastery ribbon cutting augurs well for latest Medina Creative Housing venture," 22 Oct. 2019 Travelers can also opt to dine on two floating, six-seat tiki boats, named the S.S. Rum Runner and the S.S. Margarita. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "Florida Keys' First Adults-Only, All-Inclusive Resort Devastated by Fire to Reopen in December," 16 Oct. 2019 Spring break turns gory at a popular waterside resort, where hundreds of prehistoric man-eating fish have come to dine on hapless humans. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 Guests will sit at a mix of round and rectangular tables draped in alternating yellow and green tablecloths in tribute to Australia’s national colors and dine on sunchoke ravioli, Dover sole and apple tart a la mode. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trump hopes rain won’t dampen outdoor Australia state dinner," 20 Sep. 2019 Since then, seemingly every socialite, supermodel, intellectual, ingenue, business tycoon, and television personality has flocked to the sophisticated enclave to drink and dine. Vogue, "Interview Magazine Celebrated 50 Years and a New Book With a Cocktail-Soaked Downtown Dinner," 30 Oct. 2019 Kids 6 and younger dine free and ages 7-12 are half-price. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Screw it, we’re going out.’ Area restaurants offer Thanksgiving options," 25 Oct. 2019 The restaurant will have both dine-in and to-go options, including made-to-order hand rolls, a 45-minute omakase at the main bar, and customizable maki rolls, poke or chirashi bowls. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Soul food in Garfield Park, South Indian dosas in the Loop, plus more Chicago restaurant openings," 9 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With locations ranging from California to Florida, the dine-in experience is an option for those 21 and over. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "How to See Frozen 2 as an Adult Without Any Kids: Where to Go and When!," 19 Nov. 2019 The meal is available for dine-in and to-go orders. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Here are 38 restaurants for Thanksgiving dinner and brunch in metro Phoenix," 15 Nov. 2019 The 19-seat noodlery, which does brisk takeout business in addition to serving dine-in customers, returns that warmth in abundance, with big smiles in greeting and friendly, attentive service throughout. BostonGlobe.com, "Smack Noodle draws devotees in Maynard - The Boston Globe," 14 Nov. 2019 On Thursday, Chick-fil-A, which first introduced mobile ordering in 2014, announced the addition of dine-in mobile ordering, allowing orders to be placed from the app while sitting at the table and eliminates the need to stand in line to order. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Uber Eats launches delivery alternative with new pickup feature," 18 Oct. 2019 The Greater Houston area's largest dine-in theater operator, Star Cinema Grill, is expanding to Spring with a new theater planned for the mixed-use development CityPlace, according to a release from the company. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Star Cinema Grill expands to Spring with new location at CityPlace development," 28 Aug. 2019 This year the dine-in, three-course dinner is $45 and includes: A first course of either butternut squash bisque, split pea soup or a Caesar or Henry’s salad. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Here are 10 restaurants in Palm Beach County that will do Thanksgiving for you," 29 Oct. 2019 There’s no list yet of which stores will close but the focus will be on older and under-performing dine-in locations, according to the pizza franchise. Tonya Alanez, sun-sentinel.com, "Pizza Hut to close hundreds of stores nationwide," 7 Aug. 2019 The downtown event employs a familiar dine-around format where guests amble from one chef station to the next, cocktail in hand. Michael Hiller, Los Angeles Times, "Las Vegas’ top female chefs and bartenders plan Picnic in the Alley," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of dine


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dine


Middle English, from Anglo-French disner, diner to eat, have a meal, from Vulgar Latin *disjejunare to break one's fast, from Latin dis- + Late Latin jejunare to fast, from Latin jejunus fasting

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The first known use of dine was in the 13th century

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11 Dec 2019

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Dine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dine. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of dine

somewhat formal : to eat dinner : to have the main meal of the day


\ ˈdīn How to pronounce dine (audio) \
dined; dining

Kids Definition of dine

: to eat dinner Will you dine with us?
dine out
: to eat at a restaurant

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