Main definitions of date in English

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noun

  • 1The day of the month or year as specified by a number.

    ‘what's the date today?’
    ‘please give your name, address, and date of birth’
    • ‘Under the vetting system in place at the time he also had to disclose his date of birth, any previous names and home addresses for the previous five years.’
    • ‘On her American identity card, the date of birth entered was September 30, 1920.’
    • ‘It took months to sort out this nightmare and if a date of birth had been requested, it might not have happened.’
    • ‘Khan was flanked by three security guards and spoke only to confirm his name and give his date of birth and address.’
    • ‘He spoke with a distinct American accent as he gave his date of birth as June 28, 1968.’
    • ‘I recently obtained a copy of my birth certificate, and it shows my date of birth as the sixth of the month.’
    • ‘The APA said the computerised system needed, at a minimum, the mother or child's surname and a date of birth.’
    • ‘It contains a nice picture, my date of birth, and my address, all safely laminated and tamper-proof.’
    • ‘Anyone who knows your date of birth, address and other basic facts can access phone banking.’
    • ‘He next turns up at 4 am when a Garda patrol stops him in the town centre and ask him his date of birth which he gives before they send him on his way.’
    • ‘I rang and they asked for my name, address, phone number and even my date of birth.’
    • ‘All you need to get most amenities connected is a name, an address, a date of birth and a driver's licence number.’
    • ‘Personal information, like your date of birth, address, mother's maiden name and passwords are now as valuable as cash.’
    • ‘Paper will be provided so children should bring their colours, two euros for the entrance fee and should know their date of birth.’
    • ‘He had used his partner's surname, different addresses, a false date of birth and fake National Insurance numbers when he worked.’
    • ‘The man then said he had contacted the police and asked for her date of birth, address and how often she used the branch.’
    • ‘My date of birth, address and length of residency are all correct, and I'm on the Electoral Roll.’
    • ‘Juniors wishing to take part should state their date of birth.’
    • ‘They told me it was just routine, but wanted to look at my passport, ask me where I worked, my date of birth and where I was going and why.’
    • ‘We can never be sure of that, for her family never registered her date of birth.’
    day, day of the month, occasion, year, anniversary, time
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    1. 1.1A particular day or year when a given event occurred or will occur.
      ‘1066 is the most famous date in English history’
      • ‘In previous years the annual awards were held in conjunction with the exhibition but this year they will form a separate event at a later date.’
      • ‘Also significant is the actual date of the party's leadership convention.’
      • ‘Ideas for future fund raising events include an open air music event and a date for this will be announced shortly.’
      • ‘Zizek presumably means June 1953, not July 1956: there is a significant difference between these dates for any history of the Left.’
      • ‘Brunswick omits any reference to the date of the event so that it's unclear his story is not exactly hot news.’
      • ‘The alliance will be announcing the date for the re-scheduled event as soon as foot-and-mouth shows signs of abating.’
      • ‘In the year since her death, the family has had to cope with significant dates such as her birthday, Christmas and the recent court case.’
      • ‘Organised by the Council's Sports and Leisure team the date for the event has been set at Tuesday, July 19.’
      • ‘That press conference has now been cancelled and there are no plans for an alternative date for the event.’
      • ‘The ABC were never in fact supporting the concert, but merely recording it, in order to broadcast the event at a later date.’
      • ‘Based on the amount of work still to be done, the final date of this event will most likely be in September.’
      • ‘He concluded that this might have been due to the date of the event - some 10 years prior.’
      • ‘In the short term the significant date in this debate is not September 11, it's November 5.’
      • ‘The precise date of the event, which takes place next week, is not being revealed due to police fears that students will be targeted.’
      • ‘The date for the York event was announced: the first two weeks of June.’
      • ‘How do you manage this since you can't predict the exact date of this event?’
      • ‘That date allowed both events to take place, with a casual workforce likely to steward the festival.’
      • ‘If you enjoyed the evening and want to join in more ask for the dates of other open events.’
      • ‘An announcement about when tickets will go on sale for the UK Championships will be made nearer the date of the event.’
      • ‘You may also be reminded that key dates for such happy events as a spouse's birthday or insurance renewal are imminent.’
    2. 1.2The years of a particular person's birth and death or of the beginning and end of a particular period or event.
      • ‘The dead person's name and dates of birth and death are written inside the lid.’
      • ‘The book's dedication presents three names-of the poet's parents and of her former husband-accompanied by birth and death dates.’
      • ‘Inside the cover of the family bible is where the names and the dates of birth, death, and wedding of every family member are written.’
      • ‘He took special note of the names of Yoruba chiefs and artists, including dates of birth and death, as well as names of their grandfathers, fathers, and sons, if known.’
      • ‘I used to ride my bike through all sections of the graves and inspect the dates of birth and death, and if over the age of thirty, the deceased had had in my opinion a good innings.’
      • ‘For each name, dates of birth and death are given, followed by a potted biography of 20-30 words.’
      • ‘The large carved stone above the central entrance door gives the dates of birth and death of her three sons.’
    3. 1.3The period of time to which an artefact or structure belongs.
      ‘the church is the largest of its date’
      • ‘The gunports in the south and east walls of the structure adjoining the later gatehouse suggest a late fifteen century date.’
  • 2A social or romantic appointment or engagement.

    ‘I've got a hot date’
    ‘we made a date for eleven the next morning’
    • ‘As one of the few supposedly smart restaurants in Oxford the chances are you'll be able to see someone you know, or know of, on a date.’
    • ‘Over the next four weeks, we went out on periodic dates and he was adorably shy and kinda weird-looking but cute and I fell head over heels.’
    • ‘A few days after that Julie came up to me and told me she had gone on a date with him and that it was the most romantic night of her life.’
    • ‘Turner calls Fonda the day after her divorce from Hayden hits the newspapers to ask her out on a date.’
    • ‘But Mo did once go out on a date with someone who chatted her up in a pub - and she's been living with him for seven years.’
    • ‘He is slapped by his favourite star when he asked her out on a date.’
    • ‘He'd been patiently asking her periodically for a solo date, sans parents and siblings.’
    • ‘Tonight, I was watching part of a show where this couple were out on a date.’
    • ‘After one listen you'll be asking your sister out on a date.’
    • ‘You may get tongue-tied on a date but luckily your body speaks for you (often more loudly and honestly).’
    • ‘I hear that you're going on a date with your hot step brother and we can discuss every little thing that happened.’
    • ‘It took a couple more chance meetings before he actually asked me on a date, but he did and that was 7 years ago.’
    • ‘You just went on a date with one of the hottest guys on the planet.’
    • ‘He asked her out on a date almost immediately and before long they were walking out together and going to regular dances at the Locarno.’
    • ‘This can be as simple as inviting a boy to sit with you or as involved as straight-up asking him out on a date.’
    • ‘The Hollywood star is happy to say yes if a man invites her out for dinner but during her last visit to Britain only two plucked up the courage to ask her on a date, she said.’
    • ‘After a few stiff drinks I was beyond caring, I had already written the date off and she knew that I had, there was no sense in hiding it.’
    • ‘If they're not strangers, they may be somebody that a woman meets on a date.’
    • ‘Eighteen, nineteen years old girls who were going to wild camps and hooking up with boys who probably knew quite a bit about what they wanted on a date.’
    • ‘I was in a conversation yesterday and dating came up, and I scratched my head trying to think of when, if at all, I had ever been on a date’
    appointment, meeting, engagement, rendezvous, assignation
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    1. 2.1A person with whom one has a date.
      ‘my date isn't going to show, it seems’
      • ‘A popular student, he even attended the senior prom during his junior year as the date of a male senior.’
      • ‘Smith suggests inviting a date to an event that has already been planned, like a work affair or a friend's party.’
      • ‘They look like animals, and they all wanted to know, who was Pam's date?’
      • ‘After she saw that she decided that she had wasted enough time on Quinn Thane and his various lovers and/or dates.’
      • ‘Except, her date was fairly tall, and had to bend over so she could put her hand on his shoulder.’
      • ‘Chad had a girlfriend at the time, but his friend, Kristin, told him he could bring his girlfriend, along with any of his male friends, for whom she would find dates.’
      • ‘Next we stopped to pick up Becky and her date Trevor, a tall nut-brown boy that was almost as cute as Mark.’
      • ‘Also, should a single attendee with a date be split up or seated together?’
      • ‘She found it strange how all they had to worry about was who got a date with whom and where they were going on Friday night.’
      • ‘The overpaid millionaires and their spouses, gay lovers, dates and/or mistresses, no longer even pretended to turn away.’
      • ‘Faith's thoughts were interrupted by the arrival of her date and his company.’
      • ‘A gay friend of mine was turned away at the door because he and his date (a bi female) had gone in drag.’
      • ‘I had only one rule when it came to guys: Potential dates HAD to be taller than me.’
      • ‘‘I make it my business to know with whom my dates associate,’ he said.’
    2. 2.2A musical or theatrical engagement or performance, especially as part of a tour.
      ‘most large bands play one big date in Scotland’
      • ‘The first set of dates on the tour sold out in a week, with 120,000 tickets being snapped up in total.’
      • ‘This is the opening date of a national tour that ends with two performances in the Helix on December 2 and 4.’
      • ‘Today he starts another round of live dates - this time performing Smile in its entirety.’
      • ‘Kylie Minogue is splashing out on a lavish hotel suite during her London tour dates - despite living less than a mile away..’
      • ‘DJ / producer Laurent Garnier has cancelled three U.S. tour dates because of problems with renewing visa.’
      • ‘‘Mrs. Brown Rides Again’ has sold out several dates on a U.K. tour in March which includes Liverpool and Scotland.’
      • ‘He promoted Billy Connolly's first tour - 44 dates with an 18-piece big band which Spurway still manages.’
      • ‘With a string of sell-out dates for her Re-invention Tour, Madonna has shown the world once and for all that she is no longer a mere Material Girl.’
      • ‘As a long-time admirer of Shed Seven's music, I was invited to spend the day with the York band on the final date of their sell-out tour.’
      • ‘The date for this theatrical debut is Dec 17, which the attentive amongst you may recall is the same day as St Patricks Day.’
      • ‘Although the core group exerts its influence mostly in the early stages of rehearsing a piece, the concertmaster has more influence as performance dates near.’
      • ‘The performance date is Tuesday, April 1,8 in St Peter and Paul's Church, Portlaoise.’
      • ‘No, I'm off to see the fabulous Die So Fluid on their final date of their current tour.’
      • ‘His current tour includes dates at big venues such as The Royal Philharmonic Liverpool and The Waterfront, Belfast.’
      • ‘Shane was given the all clear to go ahead with his tour which included two dates in Dublin's Olympia Theatre - midnight at the Olympia.’
      • ‘It is such a vital date in the musical calendar that artists from as far away as Galicia and Brittany time the release of new albums to coincide with it.’
      • ‘Pop-punk band Busted have had to add extra dates to their arena tour after it sold out almost a year in advance.’
      • ‘When it came time to book a few more western Canadian dates, it certainly made sense to approach the Yardbird Suite, a venue both jazz and discerning blues fans appreciate.’
      • ‘Following a series of sell-out dates on tour during 2002 / 3, the stage adaptation of the film musical Calamity Jane is whip cracking its way into the West End.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Establish or ascertain the date of (an object or event)

    ‘they date the paintings to 1460–70’
    • ‘The earliest that can be dated goes back to 1200 BC but others could date from 2500 BC.’
    • ‘The museum also had a large display showing items of interest, dating back centuries.’
    • ‘So we're going to look at dating fossils and we're going to talk about dating the earliest human remains in Australia and how accurate those datings are.’
    • ‘A group of history enthusiasts used modern technology to obtain village documents dating back hundreds of years.’
    • ‘More recently it has been dated to the early Middle Ages.’
    • ‘Because the taxa are not reciprocally monophyletic, we cannot date the actual speciation event.’
    • ‘Most historians date the beginnings of the empire proper, however, from Tudor times.’
    • ‘Historians date the beginning of rose oil production back to the middle of the 17th century.’
    • ‘STONEMASONS ' marks and graffiti dating back hundreds of years will be highlighted at the Fountain Abbey World Heritage Site near Ripon this weekend.’
    • ‘However, precise calibrations are required for dating particular events such as the K-T impact on modem bird origins and radiations.’
    • ‘The first gospel, Mark, can be dated to AD70 at the earliest and, from internal clues, more probably to about AD90.’
    • ‘Most scholars date the beginning of Judaism as an organised and structured religion to this time.’
    • ‘The Viking burial was initially dated to the period ad 850-950.’
    • ‘Our calendar recorded every housing move, which was then used by respondents as a frame of reference for dating other events.’
    • ‘Finally, a U-Pb isotopic study of zircon and monazite from khondalite and sapphirine granulite was undertaken as a more reliable method for dating the metamorphic event.’
    • ‘In dating these events, detailed correlation and detailed (high-resolution) biostratigraphy is essential.’
    • ‘In his Short History of the 20th Century, the historian Eric Hobsbawm dates the true beginning of the 20th century from the outbreak of the First World War.’
    • ‘They have managed to track down details from as far back as 1906 but would like to hear from anyone who can date the inaugural event further back than that.’
    • ‘In any case, documenting a phenomenon and dating it are two different enterprises.’
    • ‘Speedway lore dates the races to early last century, when black stable hands who worked for wealthy equestrians would bring their mounts here for a little weekend racing.’
    assign a date to, ascertain the date of, determine the date of, establish the date of, put a date on, put a date to, ascertain the age of, determine the age of, establish the age of, carbon-date
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    1. 1.1Mark with a date.
      ‘sign and date the document’
      • ‘Document 1, dated July 5 1975, is the record of a discussion between Ford and Suharto held at Camp David in the United States.’
      • ‘The agreement must be dated and he should sign personally the document.’
      • ‘Fourteen blocks are signed, some are dated 1860, and several of the scenes show boats representing the maritime occupations of the family.’
      • ‘You must then date it and sign it in the presence of two witnesses.’
      • ‘One of the documents, dated November 1988, reported that in clinical trials Prozac could cause behavioural disturbances.’
      • ‘Entrants must include the following signed and dated declaration’
      • ‘The report of Dr. Mark Waxman dated March 7, 1996 was filed by the plaintiff.’
      • ‘A work called Mother and Child, signed and dated by the artist in 1902, depicts his wife Alice and first child John.’
      • ‘If the document is dated 17 July 1941, that would be the day after an important meeting at which arrangements were set in place for the administration of the Eastern territories.’
      • ‘The document is dated Aug.24, 2004, but it has apparently just been put on the Web site very recently.’
      • ‘It's a 1943 drawing of the redesigned Bug Bunny, signed and dated by his father, which he says is worth at least $50,000.’
      • ‘In the Brabantine calendar, the year began not on January 1 but on Good Friday, and official documents were dated accordingly.’
      • ‘The form had been dated but not signed by Mr Francis.’
      • ‘The students and preceptors were responsible for signing and dating the records.’
      • ‘The document itself however was not signed and dated by CWCL until 20 June 2003 when the tripartite agreement was returned to me.’
      • ‘The year is 1558 and the document is dated November 20, the very day that the young Elizabeth I ascends the throne.’
      • ‘Once it had been made clear that Mr Sheikh's case was that Mr Daly had signed and dated the same document on the same occasion, the need to examine the authenticity of the signature arose in an acute form.’
      • ‘Every entry in the medical record, whether in a hospital or office chart, should be dated and signed.’
      • ‘However, three teams of 60 civil servants were assigned to the ‘clearance exercise’, a document dated February 10 suggests.’
      • ‘The Justice Department memorandum is dated January 7 and marked ‘Confidential - Not for Distribution’ on each page.’
    2. 1.2[no object]Originate at a particular time; have existed since.
      ‘the controversy dates back to 1986’
      • ‘The company also had to address the cleanliness of its customer databases, one of which dated back to 1993 and was originally kept on an Excel spreadsheet.’
      • ‘The hospital has two buildings, one dating from 1950 and the other built just 30 years ago.’
      • ‘In some cases, the crimes date back to before DNA technology existed.’
      • ‘The Bellman is a classic piece of realist painting dating from 1886, in which a public servant is given almost heroic status.’
      • ‘Kaye claimed that the manuscript dated from the twelfth century AD and he even doubted that it was of Indian origin.’
      • ‘Treasures dating from Anglo Saxon, Viking and Iron Age times are on show at the Yorkshire Museum in York.’
      • ‘The silver gilt trophy had been hidden away wrapped in copies of the Yorkshire Post dating from 1928 in a bank vault in a secret location.’
      • ‘A newspaper dating from 1867 was one of three items found in a glass bottle in the wall cavity between the school library and a classroom.’
      • ‘The parish hall dates back to 1837 and was the original church for the Brentwood Parish of St Mary and St Helen.’
      • ‘Next to the house is the original tower which dates from the 15th century and stands above the Avon Gorge.’
      • ‘Meanwhile another find at the same site - a sliver and gold brooch dating from the second century AD - is unique.’
      • ‘The framework of the garden dates from the building of the original house in the early 18th century.’
      • ‘Laced outer garments to shape the body existed from antiquity, but laced undergarments date from the end of the sixteenth century.’
      • ‘As well as 60 aerial pictures the exhibition will include ten maps, dating back to 1800.’
      • ‘At one campus, a group of 400 medical students shared six manuals dating from the 1960s.’
      • ‘Archaeologists digging in the remains of a school for imperial pages in Rome found a picture dating from the third century.’
      • ‘It is one of the oldest buildings in Ilkley and was originally a Yorkshire stone farmhouse dating from 1720.’
      • ‘This was the original cathedral in Assisi and the present structure dates from 1134.’
      • ‘The other item is a Victorian sterling silver wine cooler in the shape of the Warwick Vase dating from 1853.’
      • ‘The fields were thought to contain pre-historic hut circles dating from around the Iron or Bronze Age.’
  • 2Reveal (someone) as being old-fashioned.

    ‘jazzy—does that word date me?’
    • ‘I am not quite as old as David or your dad but i did see U.N.C.L.E. in its original run, so that dates me, eh?’
    • ‘I know it dates me, but anyone out there remember the Monrobot? It was a special purpose computer that was built by Monroe Calculator for Gulf Oil Corp.’
    • ‘Gavin started out working with still cameras, you know the ones with the little rolls of film in the back, yes we know that dates him a little.’
    • ‘My husband has had a crush on Courtney Cox ever since Family Ties. That dates him, but he and I are exactly the same age (off by 23 days) so it dates me too.’
    • ‘When I was taking a typing class in high school (I guess that dates me) I always made more mistakes when the teacher was over my shoulder, waiting for me to mess up.’
    1. 2.1[no object]Seem old-fashioned.
      ‘the coat may be pricey but it will never date’
      • ‘In ten or twenty years, will it sound as dated as an 80s sax solo?’
      • ‘Situated somewhere between Neil Young, The Beach Boys, The Byrds and Crowded House, The Waking Eyes are as psychedelic as you can get without sounding dated.’
      • ‘The whole concept of the British Lions seems to me to look and sound pretty dated, and I say so in the full knowledge that those who have been involved in their exploits in the past rate the Lions Tour as the all-time career highlight.’
      • ‘Some of her examples of falsified science journal articles are interesting here although they are somewhat dated.’
      • ‘It's all very much of its time, and sounds a bit dated now, but Beats and Pieces holds up well, as does Find a Way (with excellent vocals by Queen Latifah).’
      • ‘Opener Freakshow and Dancing The Night Away are from that genre and, rather than sounding dated, it works.’
      • ‘Drawn with a relaxed ink line, scribbly shading and a mix of watercolour and gouache, the book has the slightly muted and nostalgic tones of early comics and dated toy packaging.’
      • ‘It sounds somewhat dated, being about a Jerry Springer-style talk show, and lacks the beauty of much of the rest of the album, but it has grown on me the more I've heard it.’
      • ‘This album is very much classic Rush, the songs draw influences from three decades, yet it doesn't sound dated, or compromised for modern tastes in any way.’
      • ‘MacAloon has a lovely voice but the vast, echoey drums and chiming guitars sound hopelessly dated.’
      • ‘It's OK, sounds rather dated, but is still of interest.’
      • ‘Whining little Peter Andre is number one with a song which sounds curiously dated, eight years after it was first released.’
      • ‘And the script, although now sounding somewhat dated, has a nice element of comedy running through it, which acts as a counter-balance to the bouts of violence on the screen.’
      • ‘The overall effect is not dated, interestingly, and is fresh but didactic: as history textbook, it could be really valuable now.’
      • ‘It assaults the listener with an unrelenting powerhouse of guitars that has not dated, sounding as innovative and fierce as it did ten years ago.’
      • ‘These are classic songs - if not terribly profound - matched with classy production and an avoidance of overly contemporary sounds that might have made them sound dated.’
      • ‘They don't sound dated, they sound comfortable.’
      • ‘Sheridan himself loses no time in attacking what he calls ‘the mania of capitalism’, but the alternatives he advances sound quaint and dated.’
      • ‘Its lyrics are repetitious, its sound wilfully dated, its messages straightforward.’
      • ‘The production is clear, although the 80s sheen sounds a bit dated at times.’
  • 3Go out with (someone in whom one is romantically or sexually interested)

    ‘my sister's pretty judgemental about the girls I date’
    [no object] ‘they have been dating for more than a year’
    • ‘Most of the girls he's dated were all interested in his looks, or even worse… his money.’
    • ‘Jake Eden was the king of Wesley high school; he was the captain of the football team, the most popular kid and was dating the prettiest girl in school, Lisa Fare.’
    • ‘We broke up because you were dating some other girl on the side, then you two split and you came crawling back to me.’
    • ‘She didn't want him if he dated that kind of girl.’
    • ‘That's the way Chad is, unofficially dating half the girls in school.’
    • ‘Tim starts dating an Irishwoman to whom Estelle introduced him.’
    • ‘I once dated a delightful Asian girl, the daughter of immigrants who barely spoke a word of English.’
    • ‘I am a 16 year old girl and have been dating a college freshman on and off for about 2 years now.’
    • ‘He knew the two of them had been having problems the last few weeks, and he knew that Mika was dating Mark now, but he was confident that she would have come to see him in the hospital.’
    • ‘I still didn't like the girl because she was dating Mark, but I can't completely hate someone that I hang out with everyday.’
    • ‘Each of the girls was dating one of the guys, and Gideon watched as they each rushed to their lovers and tried to be affectionate.’
    • ‘Vanessa and Jim were very open towards the idea of Kay dating Mark.’
    • ‘She knew he has been dating the most popular girl in school exclusively.’
    • ‘For weeks she had been thinking about dating Mark, the places they would go, the things they would do, the things she would say to him.’
    • ‘He'd always had a habit of dating a lot of girls, but he also had a reputation for being a ‘good’ boyfriend.’
    • ‘She wants to go with him but he's dating the Newark girl.’
    • ‘The girls of Maxwell had somehow gotten used to the idea of their star athlete dating a Velton girl, not that they had much choice in the matter.’
    • ‘I can't believe they actually know how many boyfriends Oprah has, and who's dating whom in the Philippine Hollywood.’
    • ‘I was sitting on the sofa with a man I was dating whom my daughter was quite fond of.’
    • ‘Stay quiet, and you can learn who's dating whom, who uses what online nickname, and which kids dye their hair.’
    go out with, take out, go around with, go with, be involved with, be romantically linked with, see, court, woo
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Phrases

  • to date

    • Until now.

      ‘their finest work to date’
      • ‘This will be the biggest project to date for Mr Heatherwick, who now has a studio in London.’
      • ‘Indeed, the crisis at Rover has been emblematic of the character of the campaign to date.’
      • ‘With its gentle yet complex melodies and rhythms, it was hailed as her finest work to date.’
      • ‘The rooms are being slowly modernised, but to date it has lost none of its authenticity.’
      • ‘This is by far her toughest task to date, but she is at the right end of the handicap to prove competitive.’
      • ‘At the other end of the age continuum, Luke Ladell had much his best game to date.’
      • ‘There is depression in Wales too at the performance of their representatives to date.’
      • ‘We do need help from people like the council and their comments to date do give us hope that we can succeed.’
      • ‘It was an error which tarnished the biggest week of the youngster's career to date.’
      • ‘From the house owned by the rugby club in the town he talked of his career to date.’
      • ‘With six tournaments to play, she could well make her tenth season in America her best to date.’
      • ‘To date, only about half of these events have been dated precisely.’
      • ‘Here is a list of the pieces that have appeared to date, with the links to them.’
      • ‘It was the best effort to date and the town looked really well with the lights and tree.’
      • ‘Despite that though, this is one of the strongest batches of episodes produced to date.’
      • ‘Mr Braun said he hadn't seen a fall in takings to date but feared that shoppers would be driven away.’
      • ‘As such, it is perhaps the most honest account of this campaign published to date.’
      • ‘They were not the first to do this, although they are certainly the most successful to date.’
      • ‘Mr Brown said that he was satisfied with the progress that had been made to date.’
      • ‘The cemetery has been split into four sections and a quarter of the work has been completed to date.’
      so far, thus far, yet, as yet, up to now, up to then, till now, till then, until now, until then, as of now, up to that point, up to this point, hitherto
      thitherto
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Origin

Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin data, feminine past participle of dare give; from the Latin formula used in dating letters, data (epistola) (letter) given or delivered, to record a particular time or place.

Pronunciation:

date

/deɪt/

Main definitions of date in English

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noun

  • 1A sweet, dark brown oval fruit containing a hard stone, usually eaten dried.

    • ‘Our stop in the town of Bastan was to re-supply; buying bags of apples and pomegranates, dates and slabs of mutton.’
    • ‘Staple foods in Oman consist of rice, dates, fruit, fish, and meat.’
    • ‘They lived with his father and mother, and began growing crops of sweet corn, melons, pomegranates, figs and dates.’
    • ‘I also made a fruit salad, a date and walnut loaf AND triple-choc muffins.’
    • ‘Fruits such as dates and grapes when they are putrified, produce Ethyl Alcohol which is the intoxicating agent.’
    • ‘Fruits such as dates and melon are eaten in season.’
    • ‘Yes, we have to import our citrus, dates, avocados, bananas and coconuts, but some only from as far away as California.’
    • ‘This deliciously deep fried pastry has dates, orange and lemon extract, anisette, chopped nuts, orange rind, and lemon rind.’
    • ‘This is a very sweet pie… dates, corn syrup, brown sugar, how can it not be.’
    • ‘Made from ground dates, this pale brown sweetener makes an excellent substitute for brown sugar.’
    • ‘Although dried jujubes are not as sweet as true dates, its sugars do concentrate, and the flavor is very similar.’
    • ‘Foods central to Qatar's cuisine include the many native varieties of dates and seafood.’
    • ‘In Gaza, store owners and market sellers packed shelves with food, dates and sweets, but complained of a lack of customers.’
    • ‘It's got dates, fruits, almonds, walnuts and cashews in it.’
    • ‘Marzipan is often used to replace the stones removed from dates, and apricots are treated in a similar way.’
    • ‘We often see various species of birds roosting between the leaves, picking on the sweet dates and taunting the small boys below who can't reach the nests.’
    • ‘Others are sold dried, alongside dates or other dried fruits.’
    • ‘Most fruits (excluding fruit juices, bananas, raisins, dried dates and dried figs) also have low GL values.’
    • ‘However, she warned diabetics to be wary of fruits with moderate calorific values such as mango, pomegranate and jackfruit, and high calorie fruits such as dates and grapes.’
    • ‘The dates were sweet and substantial; the camel's milk was light with a slightly saline aftertaste.’
  • 2A tall palm tree which bears clusters of dates, native to western Asia and North Africa.

    • ‘The Canary Island date palm is very popular in Shanghai, with each grown tree selling at over 300,000 yuan.’
    • ‘Mosses, ferns, lichens and orchids thrive in the damp atmosphere of the Crater, giving way to huge mahogany, olive and date palm trees on the drier crater walls.’
    • ‘Marrakesh ‘the Red’ has the colours and shapes of the Moroccan South; the dusty rose of the desert; and the stout, square walls, their regular lines broken occasionally by a minaret or the scratchy brush of a date palm.’
    • ‘Young Dhyan Chand used to play barefoot in Jhansi with a branch of a date palm tree for a stick, and with a ball made of old rags.’
    • ‘In agriculture, Iraqis are working hard to revive their once famous date palm industry.’
    • ‘The date palm could sometimes reach 100 feet / 30 meters, and produced a great quantity of fruit on a single tree.’
    • ‘‘The date palm is a national symbol of Iraq,’ Haifa Zangana explains.’
    • ‘We saw one old woman climbing a date palm barefoot, knife between her teeth, and she laughed demonically at our clear astonishment.’
    • ‘And in agricultural news, the Iraqi date palm industry is staging a come-back.’
    • ‘One of the best known episodes from the story in pseudo-Matthew is of the Christ-Child commanding the date palm Mary is resting beneath to bend down so that she can eat the fruit.’
    • ‘The date palm is a long-lived tree and may eventually exceed 30 m in height.’
    • ‘Ma is at odds with the Hong Kong government, which wants to move her six-storey tall date palm tree to make way for a public road project.’
    • ‘He has just told us that the date palm supplies the people with food, honey, and wine and that Assyria is the world's largest producer of grain.’
    • ‘Phoenix Sylvester Palm or Toddy Palm is very similar to the Canary Island Palm and the edible date palm.’
    • ‘I looked at the date palm trees that lined the roads, dripping with lush ripe dates.’
    • ‘One male date palm can produce enough pollen for 49 female trees.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, via Latin from Greek daktulos finger (because of the finger-like shape of its leaves).

Pronunciation:

date

/deɪt/