Dates (fruit)




  • To note the time or place of writing or executing; to express in an instrument the time of its execution.
  • To note or fix the time of (an event); to give the date of.
  • To determine the age of something.
  • To take (someone) on a date, or a series of dates.
  • To have a steady relationship with; to be romantically involved with.
  • To have a steady relationship with each other; to be romantically involved with each other.
  • To make or become old, especially in such a way as to fall out of fashion, become less appealing or attractive, etc.
  • To have beginning; to begin; to be dated or reckoned.


  • From Middle English date, from Old French date, datil, datille, from Latin dactylus, from Ancient Greek δάκτυλος (from the resemblance of the date to a human finger), probably a folk-etymological alteration of a word from a Semitic source such as Arabic دَقَل or Hebrew דֶּקֶל.
  • From Middle English date, from Old French date, from Late Latin data, from Latin datus, past participle of dare; from Proto-Indo-European *deh₃-. data.

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