Dine | Definition of Dine by Merriam-Webster


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

Definition of dine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to take dinner often used with on dine on pasta

transitive verb

: to give a dinner to wined her and dined her



Definition of dine (Entry 2 of 2)

: dinner

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Synonyms for dine

Synonyms: Verb

eat, fare, feed, partake, refresh, victual

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Examples of dine in a Sentence


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

But even as the two sides sat down to dine, President Trump accused China of reneging on earlier trade promises and dismissed prospects of deal before the 2020 presidential election. Fortune, "How Sanctions Are Starting To Squeeze Huawei—Data Sheet," 31 July 2019 Another idea is for families to dine in and not use their mobile devices throughout their entire meal. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble area pizzeria La Famiglia prides itself on family values," 12 July 2019 Winners in 150 categories (and their friends and families!) came out to Sahm's Atrium in the One America Building to dine, wine, and celebrate one another. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "Best Things Indianapolis: 5 highlights you missed from last year's race to the best," 3 July 2019 Foodies began to dine here, turning Mendocino into a culinary destination. Sharon Boorstin, latimes.com, "Staying in a water tower in Mendocino is a natural high," 30 June 2019 We were seated near the bar at a round, marble table with wide, cushioned chairs that were almost too comfortable, perhaps better to recline with a brandy snifter than to dine. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: The Terrace Grill at the Dalmar in Fort Lauderdale is a good-looking disappointment," 20 June 2019 Then again, arriving early is the best strategy to dine here; prime-time tables get snapped up quickly (Galit books 60 days out, via Resy). Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Galit delivers a Middle Eastern masterpiece from James Beard-winning chef Zach Engel," 14 June 2019 Experts, restaurateurs and consumers point to changing habits and less incentive for suburbanites to dine in the city as reasons behind the closures. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore restaurant closings vs. openings in 2018: How do they stack up?," 8 May 2018 Up at the front of the train, the wealthy dine on biennially farmed sushi and bliss out on hallucinogens; back in the tail section, though, people live in squalor. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Snowpiercer Trains an Eye on TV—and Its Genre DNA Runs Deep," 21 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Patrons who frequent fine dine restaurants and travel the world, know their water. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Never heard of a water sommelier? Neither did we till we met Ganesh Iyer," 31 July 2019 The offer is limited to one slice per person for dine-in only. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "16 free and cheap things to do around Denver in July," 1 July 2019 It was billed as a delicious dine and dash affair, where patrons could shuttle to downtown restaurants for an array of food sampling. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Exclusive Detroit 'foodie experience' big win for local charity," 20 June 2019 Happy Hour specials and discounts are offered during the week for dine-in only. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "MingHin brings Chinatown authenticity to Naperville," 11 June 2019 The dine-in movie theater Eastgate Brew & View abruptly closed in 2018 after a three-year run. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "First-of-its-kind cinema, distillery opening soon near Jungle Jim's Eastgate," 19 June 2019 Generally, quick-service restaurants will have to make greater adjustments because dine-in restaurants use fewer disposables than take-out restaurants. Melissa Chen, The Mercury News, "Palo Alto tells restaurants to toss disposable foodware; restrictions on straws, cups and utensils may spread to other Bay Area cities," 23 June 2019 But there's not much wind so the cart and a picnic table for dine-in customers have remained dry, thanks to the little pavilion and a couple of auxiliary tarps. al.com, "Beach bound? Don’t miss this Baldwin Co. hot dog stand," 7 June 2019 The dine-in and take-out spot — with a Chinese, American and Italian menu, and free dessert — is experiencing some setbacks. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "House of Wong’s reopening pushed back to August," 3 June 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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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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to satisfy fully or to excess

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