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date

noun [C] uk   /deɪt/ us  

date noun [C] (DAY)

A1 a numbered day in a month, often given with a combination of the name of the day, the month, and the year: What's the date (today)?/What date is it?/What's today's date? UK Today's date is 11 June (the eleventh of June). US Today's date is June 11 (June the eleventh). What is your date of birth? The closing date for applications is the end of this month. We agreed to meet again at a later date. I'd like to fix a date for our next meeting. I made a date (= agreed a date and time) to see her about the house. a particular year: The date on the coin is 1789. Albert Einstein's dates are 1879 to 1955 (= he was born in 1879 and died in 1955). a month and a year: The expiry ( US expiration) date of this certificate is August 2017.
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date noun [C] (MEETING)

B1 a social meeting planned before it happens, especially one between two people who have or might have a romantic relationship: He asked her out on a date. She has a hot date (= an exciting meeting) tonight. mainly US a person you have a romantic meeting with: Who's your date for the prom?
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date noun [C] (PERFORMANCE)

a performance: They've just finished an exhausting 75-date European tour.

date noun [C] (FRUIT)

date

verb uk   /deɪt/ us  

date verb (TIME)

B1 [T] to write the day's date on something you have written or made: [+ obj + noun ] Thank you for your letter dated 30 August. [T] to say how long something has existed or when it was made: Archaeologists have been unable to date these fossils. An antique dealer had dated the vase at (= said that it was made in) 1734.
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date verb (MEET)

B1 [I or T] mainly US to regularly spend time with someone you have a romantic relationship with: They dated for five years before they got married. How long have you been dating Nicky?
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date verb (SHOW AGE)

[I] to stop being fashionable or become old-fashioned: Some James Bond films have dated more than others. [T] to show the age of a person or thing: I can remember watching live TV coverage of the first lunar landing, so that dates me (= shows how old I am).
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