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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
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  • All you need to get most amenities connected is a name, an address, a date of birth and a driver's licence number.
  • The man then said he had contacted the police and asked for her date of birth, address and how often she used the branch.
  • Khan was flanked by three security guards and spoke only to confirm his name and give his date of birth and address.
day, day of the month, occasion, year, anniversary, time
1.1A particular day or year when a given event occurred or will occur: 1066 is the most famous date in English history
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  • The ABC were never in fact supporting the concert, but merely recording it, in order to broadcast the event at a later date.
  • 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.
  • Brunswick omits any reference to the date of the event so that it's unclear his story is not exactly hot news.
1.2 (dates) The years of a particular person’s birth and death or of the beginning and end of a particular period or event.
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  • The dead person's name and dates of birth and death are written inside the lid.
  • The large carved stone above the central entrance door gives the dates of birth and death of her three sons.
  • 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.
1.3The period of time to which an artefact or structure belongs: the church is the largest of its date
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  • The gunports in the south and east walls of the structure adjoining the later gatehouse suggest a late fifteen century date.
age, time, period, era, epoch, century, decade, year, stage
2A social or romantic appointment or engagement: I’ve got a hot date we made a date for eleven the next morning
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  • I hear that you're going on a date with your hot step brother and we can discuss every little thing that happened.
  • 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.
  • It took a couple more chance meetings before he actually asked me on a date, but he did and that was 7 years ago.
appointment, meeting, engagement, rendezvous, assignation;
commitment, fixture
literary tryst
2.1A person with whom one has a date: my date isn’t going to show, it seems
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  • ‘I make it my business to know with whom my dates associate,’ he said.
  • 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.
  • 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.
partner, escort, girlfriend, boyfriend, young lady, young man, woman friend, lady friend, man friend, man, boy, girl
informal steady, bird, fella
British informal boyf, girlf
2.2A musical or theatrical engagement or performance, especially as part of a tour: most large bands play one big date in Scotland
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  • His current tour includes dates at big venues such as The Royal Philharmonic Liverpool and The Waterfront, Belfast.
  • Kylie Minogue is splashing out on a lavish hotel suite during her London tour dates - despite living less than a mile away..
  • 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.


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1Establish or ascertain the date of (an object or event): they date the paintings to 1460–70
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Most scholars date the beginning of Judaism as an organised and structured religion to this time.
assign a date to, establish/determine/ascertain the date of, put a date on/to, establish/determine/ascertain the age of, carbon-date
1.1Mark with a date: sign and date the document
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  • 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.
  • The Justice Department memorandum is dated January 7 and marked ‘Confidential - Not for Distribution’ on each page.
  • The report of Dr. Mark Waxman dated March 7, 1996 was filed by the plaintiff.
1.2 [no object] (date from or back to) Originate at a particular time; have existed since: the controversy dates back to 1986
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  • In some cases, the crimes date back to before DNA technology existed.
  • As well as 60 aerial pictures the exhibition will include ten maps, dating back to 1800.
  • Next to the house is the original tower which dates from the 15th century and stands above the Avon Gorge.
was made in, was built in, was created in, came into being in, bears the date of, originates in, comes from, belongs to, goes back to, has existed since
2Reveal (someone) as being old-fashioned: jazzy—does that word date me?
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
2.1 [no object] Seem old-fashioned: the coat may be pricey but it will never date
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
become old-fashioned, become outmoded, become obsolete, become dated, show its age
old-fashioned, out of fashion, out of date, outdated, outmoded, out of style, behind the times, last year's, superseded, archaic, obsolete, antiquated;
unfashionable, unpopular, unstylish;
bygone, old-fangled, crusty, olde worlde, prehistoric, antediluvian;
French passé, démodé
informal old hat, out, square, out of the ark
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
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  • I can't believe they actually know how many boyfriends Oprah has, and who's dating whom in the Philippine Hollywood.
  • Stay quiet, and you can learn who's dating whom, who uses what online nickname, and which kids dye their hair.
  • I was sitting on the sofa with a man I was dating whom my daughter was quite fond of.
go out with, take out, go around with, go with, be involved with, be romantically linked with, see, court, woo
informal go steady with
North American informal step out with
Australian informal track square with


to date
(Indian also till date)
Until now: their finest work to date
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  • Despite that though, this is one of the strongest batches of episodes produced to date.
  • It was the best effort to date and the town looked really well with the lights and tree.
  • Mr Braun said he hadn't seen a fall in takings to date but feared that shoppers would be driven away.
so far, thus far, yet, as yet, up to now/then, till now/then, until now/then, as of now, up to the present (time), up to this/that point, hitherto
rare thitherto


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.

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1A sweet, dark brown oval fruit containing a hard stone, usually eaten dried.
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  • 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.
  • Fruits such as dates and grapes when they are putrified, produce Ethyl Alcohol which is the intoxicating agent.
  • Although dried jujubes are not as sweet as true dates, its sugars do concentrate, and the flavor is very similar.
2 (also date palm) A tall palm tree which bears clusters of dates, native to western Asia and North Africa.
  • Phoenix dactylifera, family Palmae
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  • Phoenix Sylvester Palm or Toddy Palm is very similar to the Canary Island Palm and the edible date palm.
  • ‘The date palm is a national symbol of Iraq,’ Haifa Zangana explains.
  • 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.


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

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