Definition of dine in English:



  • 1 Eat dinner.

    ‘we dined at a restaurant’
    ‘a dining area’
    • ‘During their visit they toured London and dined in the main banqueting hall at the Mansion House.’
    • ‘However, we were invited to order from the bistro-board menus potted around the bar and dine in the pleasant, adjacent restaurant area.’
    • ‘A few months ago I dined at a restaurant with some relatives.’
    • ‘The effect of water is best if found in the north of the living, dining or study area but not in the bedroom.’
    • ‘I have dined in many award-winning restaurants and had duff food.’
    • ‘She loves going out to wine bars and dining in restaurants and looks forward to her three holidays a year with husband Geoff.’
    • ‘The living, dining and kitchen areas were more discrete, making observation less easy.’
    • ‘It was the first time I'd dined at a restaurant that was under police observation.’
    • ‘He bought homes in Cannes and Marbella and dined at the best restaurants.’
    • ‘Most restaurants have pleasant outside areas, and when I dine with my son we always seek the table with the best view.’
    • ‘I told him I had dined at the restaurant the first time I had visited the United Kingdom, which was indeed in that decade.’
    • ‘On the night we dined, the restaurant was fairly quiet, with three other diners (in addition to our party of five).’
    • ‘From now until Christmas, if you dine at a Bradford restaurant, you can help the homeless by adding just £1 to your bill.’
    • ‘Then we got jobs, had money, and went out dining at fine restaurants and drinking in less fine pubs.’
    • ‘He told the inquest that he, his wife and two friends were going home after dining at a restaurant when the accident happened.’
    • ‘I can also recommend the hotel restaurant where I dined well and drank Chardonnay that tasted exactly like honey.’
    • ‘Is this what lurks behind his divine plan to make pubs and restaurants more conducive to dining?’
    • ‘There is plenty of space to dine in the breakfast area, from where there is access to a tiled conservatory.’
    • ‘The confirmation fax reminded us we had to wear a collar and tie if we chose to dine in the restaurant.’
    • ‘A man is dining in a fancy restaurant and there is a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table.’
    have dinner, have supper
    eat, feed, feast, banquet
    consume, take, partake of, devour
    nosh, tuck into
    sup, break bread
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    1. 1.1Eat dinner in a restaurant or the home of friends.
      • ‘Interesting to note, 15 years ago, the average American dined out 93 times a year and carried a restaurant meal home 90 times a year.’
      • ‘I figured that we could use a break from dining out.’
      • ‘If you're dining out at your favorite restaurant, have the gift delivered with dessert.’
      • ‘In addition, although I do not know whether this was part of the initial agreement, the practice was that the defendant paid for most of their restaurant meals (they dined out once or twice weekly).’
      • ‘As you might've already figured, these two are quite keen on having a blast, with or without friends, usually dining out or a night out for drinks.’
      • ‘A recent survey found that young Chinese spend about one-third of their salaries on leisure activities including dining out and going to bars.’
      • ‘The crowds of people dining out in Bangalore fascinate him, as does the variety of food and restaurants which have come up in the past seven or eight years.’
      • ‘Well, there are many reasons to dine out in a swanky restaurant, most of which are celebratory.’
      • ‘She holds a part-time job, and I'm assuming she would continue working, visit my home a few evenings a week to cook dinner or dine out, with companionship at bed time.’
      • ‘Back home after dining out, John walked into the living room, plopped onto the couch and complained that he felt terrible.’
      • ‘While dining out in the run-up to Christmas, customers at some of Edinburgh and Glasgow's top restaurants will also be able to help homeless people.’
      • ‘Whether it's a hot date, a business meeting or a family gathering, dining out can be a delicious indulgence - even if you're a diabetic.’
      • ‘In the twentieth century, food knowledge as well as dining out at the finest restaurants demonstrated social status.’
      • ‘For the rest of the week, they can swim on local beaches, dine out in some of the best restaurants in the area and relax in this easy-going area.’
      • ‘How many times per week are you dining out at restaurants, getting take out, ordering in, etc?’
      • ‘His shops have transformed British style and his restaurants altered our approach to dining out.’
      • ‘Let's say you're a New Yorker of a certain culinary sophistication, someone who follows cooking trends and dines out regularly in good restaurants.’
      • ‘He believes that customers are more wine savvy than ever before and are willingly doing their research before dining out.’
      • ‘We admit it: we still have yet to appreciate the pleasures of dining out at a hectic restaurant where getting a table involves a UN negotiator.’
      • ‘They tried to show that life in London was carrying on as normal, and there was much coverage in the press of people going to parties, dining out and clubbing in the West End.’
    2. 1.2Eat (something) for dinner.
      • ‘But such a practice might be akin to dining on steak au poivre with no appetizer, dessert, or piping hot espresso, preferably taken at an outdoor café.’
      • ‘The newlyweds and their guests dined on a French feast and champagne.’
      • ‘They dined on lobster risotto and filet of beef.’
      • ‘We decided to stop early in Parkersburg, WV, where we dined on fried chicken and beer.’
      • ‘Each morning we awoke beneath clean sheets, rode no more than 50 miles, and then dined on something exquisite - salmon, minke whale, giant prawns.’
      • ‘I'll be in a school cafeteria, dining on baked ziti made by the science teacher's wife at the Builder's Club Induction Ceremony Dinner.’
      • ‘You've got much more than a fish on when you've nabbed a taimen, a specimen that regularly grows to five feet long and dines on prairie dogs and ducks.’
      • ‘However, ten residents, who will stay at the lodge for Christmas, will dine on a succulent roast dinner with all the trimmings and plum pudding.’
      • ‘Once the family had eaten dinner and dined on Mary's delicious pumpkin pie, they separated out into their own areas of the house.’
      • ‘I'm going to be dining on food prepared by a special gentleman tonight.’
      • ‘The name Beefsteak alluded to the club dinners at which members dined on beefsteaks washed down with wine and port, followed by jolly songs and rituals.’
      • ‘She dines on such delicacies as turkey a la king and ‘down home’ ham and pinto beans.’
      • ‘We dined on risotto, and a cheeseless pizza with a paper thin crust.’
      • ‘Of the 10,000 or so known species of moth in North America, only three dine on wool: the webbing clothes moth, the casemaking clothes moth, and the carpet moth.’
      • ‘Maybe those delicately dining on a croissant understand this kind of talk, but those of us munching on a doughnut do not.’
      • ‘And until recently I didn't realize it was such a faux pas to request a fork while dining on fine Chinese.’
      • ‘Chinese men, I was led to understand, dined on snake in large groups, all of them becoming more virile and potent with each bite.’
      • ‘Later in a restaurant the same hymn played in the background as people dined on traditional cuisine.’
      • ‘Imagine dining on delicious meat every day without having to do the actual hunting!’
      • ‘Then shine up with a seaside salt rub before dining on fresh lobster.’
    3. 1.3Regularly entertain friends with (a humorous story or interesting piece of information)
      ‘it should have been one of those stories one dines out on afterward’
      • ‘However excellent his linkage, there were too many unnecessary errors and the rap was that he was dining out on former glories.’
      • ‘We recognised many of the former heroes, dining out on their old war stories.’
      • ‘Instead he can continue to dine out on this one, but if England as expected are well off the pace by 2007, all his sainthoods and knighthoods are not going to make him nearly so popular or commercially appealing for the rest of his working days.’
      • ‘As well as making a living, football was about having stories to dine out on.’
      • ‘We'll be dining out on that for a while, even though he didn't come close to winning.’
      • ‘How it was for them I haven't a clue, but I've been dining out on the experience ever since.’
      • ‘I think I will be able to dine out on the stories that come out of this for some time.’
      • ‘It's the true story of a British frigate captured by the Americans in the War of 1812, the colourful assortment of characters who served on her and, just as often, dined out on lies about their parts in her exploits.’
      • ‘But a decade is a long time to dine out on past glories.’
      • ‘I actually have this guess that they will succeed in keeping well out of harm's way and will end up going home and dining out on the story of their ‘bravery’ for years.’
      • ‘It might be time, Jason, to be brave and stop dining out on the story.’
      • ‘If you have forgotten all you ever knew about these folks, a refresher course is included - just a page, hut with enough information to dine out on for weeks.’
      • ‘It was the scoop of his life and Harry is still dining out on it, but only in the very few restaurants which allow him over the doorstep.’
      • ‘Still, I'd have to admit to dining out on the story.’
      • ‘It was a kind of story you can dine out on for a long time, but at the time it was a bit worrying because I nearly missed my aeroplane over it.’
      • ‘For years he has been dining out on the same story, told and retold in a myriad of versions.’
      • ‘I had a lot of friends come early April, and I will dine out on the story for years to come…’
      • ‘But as for the movie stars they hire, a run of big hits can be dined out on for decades.’
      • ‘I've described St Ives as a sea of would-be artists dining out on a reputation the town gained and lost long ago.’
      • ‘He always thinks he can dine out on the positive aspects of Australian history but when it comes to facing up to the negative, he is in absolute denial.’
    4. 1.4[with object]Take (someone) to dinner.
      ‘I'll dine you soon’
      • ‘Their lobbyists breakfast, lunch and dine our elected representatives every day.’


  • wine and dine


Middle English: from Old French disner, probably from desjëuner to break fast from des- (expressing reversal) + jëun fasting (from Latin jejunus).