Definition of dine in English:

dine

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Pronunciation: /dʌɪn
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1Eat dinner: we dined at a restaurant (as noun dining) a dining area
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    • 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, feed, feast, banquet; consume, take, partake of, devour
    informal nosh, tuck into
    British informal scoff
    dated sup, break bread
  • 1.1 (dine out) Eat dinner in a restaurant.
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    • 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 out on) Regularly entertain friends with (a humorous story or interesting fact).
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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…
  • 1.3 [with object] Take (someone) to dinner.
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    • 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).

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