Definition of dine in English:

dine

Syllabification: dine
Pronunciation: /dīn
 
/

verb

[no object]
1Eat dinner: we dined at a restaurant (as noun dining) a dining area
More example sentences
  • The effect of water is best if found in the north of the living, dining or study area but not in the bedroom.
  • The living, dining and kitchen areas were more discrete, making observation less easy.
  • There is plenty of space to dine in the breakfast area, from where there is access to a tiled conservatory.
Synonyms
have dinner, have supper, eat
dated sup, break bread
1.1 (dine out) Eat dinner in a restaurant or the home of friends.
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • How many times per week are you dining out at restaurants, getting take out, ordering in, etc?
  • If you're dining out at your favorite restaurant, have the gift delivered with dessert.
1.2 (dine on) Eat (something) for dinner.
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
Synonyms
eat, feed on, feast on, banquet on, partake of
informal tuck into, chow down on
1.3 (dine out on) Regularly entertain friends with (a humorous story or interesting piece of information): it should have been one of those stories one dines out on afterward
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  • 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.
  • As well as making a living, football was about having stories to dine out on.
  • I had a lot of friends come early April, and I will dine out on the story for years to come…
1.4 [with object] Take (someone) to dinner: I’ll dine you soon
More example sentences
  • Their lobbyists breakfast, lunch and dine our elected representatives every day.

Origin

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

Phrases

wine and dine

see wine1.

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