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dine

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
dine /daɪn/USA pronunciation   v.,  dined, din•ing. 
  1. 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.
  2. to entertain at or provide with dinner:[+ object]After we wine and dine them, I'm sure they'll join our company.
  3. dine on, [+ on + object] to eat (food) for a meal:They were dining on roast duck.
  4. dine out, [no object] to eat a meal, esp. dinner, away from home:We dined out with our friends.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
dine  (dīn),USA pronunciation  v.,  dined, din•ing, n. 
v.i. 
  1. to eat the principal meal of the day;
    have dinner.
  2. to take any meal.

v.t. 
  1. to entertain at dinner.
  2. 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.

n. 
  1. 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. 
  • BiographicalJames  (Jim), born 1935, U.S. painter.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    dine /daɪn/ vb
    1. (intransitive) to eat dinner
    2. (intr; often followed by on, off, or upon) to make one's meal (of): the guests dined upon roast beef
    3. (transitive) informal to entertain to dinner (esp in the phrase wine and dine someone)
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French disner, contracted from Vulgar Latin disjējūnāre (unattested) to cease fasting, from dis- not + Late Latin jējūnāre to fast; see jejune



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