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[n] sweet edible fruit of the date palm with a single long woody seed
[n] a meeting arranged in advance; "she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date"
[n] a participant in a date; "his date never stopped talking"
[n] the present; "they are up to date"; "we haven't heard from them to date"
[n] the specified day of the month; "what is the date today?"
[n] a particular day specified as the time something will happen; "the date of the election is set by law"
[n] the particular year (usually according to the Gregorian calendar) that an event occurred; "he tried to memorizes all the dates for his history class"
[n] a particular but unspecified point in time; "they hoped to get together at an early date"
[v] assign a date to; determine the (probable) date of; "Scientists often cannot date precisely archeological or prehistorical findings"
[v] provide with a dateline; mark with a date; "She wrote the letter on Monday but she dated it Saturday so as not to reveal that she procrastinated"
[v] stamp with a date, as of a postmark; "The package is dated November 24"
[v] go on a date with; "Tonight she is dating a former high school sweetheart"
[v] date regularly; have a steady relationship with; "Did you know that she is seeing an older man?"; "He is dating his former wife again!"

Misc. Definitions

\Date\, n.[F. datte, L. dactylus, fr. Gr. ?, prob. not the same word as da`ktylos finger, but of Semitic origin.] (Bot.) The fruit of the date palm; also, the date palm itself. Note: This fruit is somewhat in the shape of an olive, containing a soft pulp, sweet, esculent, and wholesome, and inclosing a hard kernel. {Date palm}, or {Date tree} (Bot.), the genus of palms which bear dates, of which common species is {Ph[oe]nix dactylifera}. See Illust. {Date plum} (Bot.), the fruit of several species of {Diospyros}, including the American and Japanese persimmons, and the European lotus ({D. Lotus}). {Date shell}, or {Date fish} (Zo["o]l.), a bivalve shell, or its inhabitant, of the genus {Pholas}, and allied genera. See {Pholas}.
\Date\, n. [F. date, LL. data, fr. L. datus given, p. p. of dare to give; akin to Gr. ?, OSlaw. dati, Skr. d[=a]. Cf. {Datum}, Dose, {Dato}, {Die}.]
1. That addition to a writing, inscription, coin, etc., which specifies the time (as day, month, and year) when the writing or inscription was given, or executed, or made; as, the date of a letter, of a will, of a deed, of a coin. etc. And bonds without a date, they say, are void. --Dryden.
2. The point of time at which a transaction or event takes place, or is appointed to take place; a given point of time; epoch; as, the date of a battle. He at once, Down the long series of eventful time, So fixed the dates of being, so disposed To every living soul of every kind The field of motion, and the hour of rest. --Akenside.
3. Assigned end; conclusion. [R.] What Time would spare, from Steel receives its date. --Pope.
4. Given or assigned length of life; dyration. [Obs.] Good luck prolonged hath thy date. --Spenser. Through his life's whole date. --Chapman. {To bear date}, to have the date named on the face of it; -- said of a writing.
\Date\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dating}.] [Cf. F. dater. See 2d {Date}.]
1. To note the time of writing or executing; to express in an instrument the time of its execution; as, to date a letter, a bond, a deed, or a charter.
2. To note or fix the time of, as of an event; to give the date of; as, to date the building of the pyramids. Note: We may say dated at or from a place. The letter is dated at Philadephia. --G. T. Curtis. You will be suprised, I don't question, to find among your correspondencies in foreign parts, a letter dated from Blois. --Addison. In the countries of his jornal seems to have been written; parts of it are dated from them. --M. Arnold.
\Date\, v. i. To have beginning; to begin; to be dated or reckoned; -- with from. The Batavian republic dates from the successes of the French arms. --E. Everett.

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