Meaning of “date” in the English Dictionary

"date" in British English

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datenoun [ C ]

uk /deɪt/ us /deɪt/

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.

More examples

  • We've written to him asking him if he's free on that date but we haven't had an answer yet.
  • As the date of his operation drew near, he became more and more anxious.
  • If necessary, we can always change the dates of our trip.
  • Do you know the date of Caroline and Matthew's wedding?
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

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?

More examples

  • We went out on a date.
  • I've got a date with someone from work tonight.
  • I know she's going to the cinema with him tonight but I don't know if it's a date as such.
  • I went there on a date with a boy I used to know.
  • So who's your date tonight?

dateverb

uk /deɪt/ us /deɪt/

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.

More examples

  • The TV programme shows archaeologists using the latest technology to date things they have found.
  • Your cheque should be dated before or on the day the bill is due.
  • When they lifted the carpet, they found a newspaper dated 5 August 1952.
  • The portrait is signed and dated 1893.
  • The painting, dated 1928, is expected to fetch up to £250,000.

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?

More examples

  • She dated a string of actors before she met her first husband.
  • She became famous when she started dating one of the country's top football stars.
  • Would you date a man ten years younger than yourself?
  • Their parents didn't approve of their relationship so they had to date in secret.
  • The two of them dated for a while, but it didn't work out.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “date” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"date" in American English

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datenoun [ C ]

us /deɪt/

date noun [ C ] (DAY)

a numbered day in a month, often given with the name of the month or with the month and the year:

Today’s date is June 24, 1998.
We agreed to meet again at a later date.
Please fill in your date of birth on the application form.
I’ve made a date (= agreed to a date and time) to see her about the house.

date noun [ C ] (MEETING)

a social meeting planned in advance:

We made a date to meet Evelyn and Josie at noon tomorrow for lunch.

A date is a person you are planning to meet socially and in whom you might have a romantic interest:

Who is your date for the prom?

date noun [ C ] (FRUIT)

Idiom(s)

dateverb [ I/T ]

us /deɪt/

date verb [ I/T ] (WRITE DATE)

to write the day's date on something you have written or made:

[ T ] The last letter I received from the insurance company was dated August 30, 1999.
[ I ] This signature dates from (= originated at the time of) the 1800s.

date verb [ I/T ] (MEET SOCIALLY)

to regularly spend time with someone you have a romantic relationship with:

[ I ] They dated for five years before they got married.

(Definition of “date” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"date" in Business English

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datenoun [ C ]

uk /deɪt/ us

a particular day of a particular month, shown in numbers, or words and numbers:

"What date is the next meeting?" "It's Thursday, October 1st."
The Danish government has set a date for a referendum on the matter.
The decision on the merger will be taken at a later date .
to date

up to the present time:

Some 3,800 pieces of the new software have been sold to date.

dateverb [ T ]

uk /deɪt/ us

to put a particular day's date on something:

The demand must be dated and signed by the creditor.
I write with reference to your letter dated 30 March.

(Definition of “date” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)