- (intransitive) to eat dinner
- (intr; often followed by on, off, or upon) to make one's meal (of): the guests dined upon roast beef
- (transitive) informal to entertain to dinner (esp in the phrase wine and dine someone)
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to eat a meal, esp. the principal meal of the day;
have dinner:[no object]We'll dine with our friends tonight at about eight.
- to entertain at or provide with dinner:[~ + object]After we wine and dine them, I'm sure they'll join our company.
- dine on, [~ + on + object] to eat (food) for a meal:They were dining on roast duck.
- dine out, [no object] to eat a meal, esp. dinner, away from home:We dined out with our friends.
- to eat the principal meal of the day;
- to take any meal.
- to entertain at dinner.
- dine out, to take a meal, esp. the principal or more formal meal of the day, away from home, as in a hotel or restaurant:They dine out at least once a week.
- Scottish Termsdinner.
- Vulgar Latin *disjējūnāre to break one's fast, equivalent. to Latin dis- dis-1 + Late Latin jējūnāre to fast; see jejune
- Anglo-French, Old French di(s)ner
- Middle English dinen 1250–1300
Dine (dīn),USA pronunciation n.