A date is a particular day of the month, and to date is to go out with someone. You might have the date of your first date with a special someone marked on your calendar. Awwwwwwww.

Date comes from the Latin datus, "given," because in ancient Rome when people wrote letters or decrees, they'd say, "given ("data") May 1st" (for example). Date can mean a day of each year, like May 1st, or one historical day, like May 1st, 1873. You make a date to meet someone for dinner. You date your letter. If you make many appointments with one special lady, you're dating her. A date is also a fruit, from the date palm.

Definitions of date
  1. noun
    the specified day of the month
    “what is the date today?”
    synonyms: day of the month
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    6 June 1944
    date of the Allied landing in France, World War II
    due date, maturity, maturity date
    the date on which an obligation must be repaid
    birthday, natal day
    the date on which a person was born
    type of:
    24-hour interval, day, mean solar day, solar day, twenty-four hour period, twenty-four hours
    time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis
  2. noun
    a particular day specified as the time something happens
    “the date of the election is set by law”
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    future date
    a particular day in the future that is specified as the time something will happen
    rain date
    an alternative date set for some outdoor event in case it rains on the appointed date
    sell-by date
    a date stamped on perishable produce indicating the date by which it should be sold
    type of:
    24-hour interval, day, mean solar day, solar day, twenty-four hour period, twenty-four hours
    time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis
  3. noun
    the particular day, month, or year (usually according to the Gregorian calendar) that an event occurred
    “he tried to memorizes all the dates for his history class”
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    date of reference, epoch
    (astronomy) an arbitrarily fixed date that is the point in time relative to which information (as coordinates of a celestial body) is recorded
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    calendar day, civil day
    a day reckoned from midnight to midnight
    calendar year, civil year
    the year (reckoned from January 1 to December 31) according to Gregorian calendar
    calendar month, month
    one of the twelve divisions of the calendar year
  4. noun
    a particular but unspecified point in time
    “they hoped to get together at an early date
    synonyms: particular date
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    type of:
    point, point in time
    an instant of time
  5. noun
    the present
    “they are up to date
    “we haven't heard from them to date
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    type of:
    nowadays, present
    the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech
  6. verb
    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”
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    date-mark, dateline, datemark
    mark with a date and place
    date stamp
    stamp with a date
    type of:
    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  7. verb
    stamp with a date
    “The package is dated November 24”
    synonyms: date stamp
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    type of:
    to mark, or produce an imprint in or on something
  8. verb
    assign a date to; determine the (probable) date of
    “Scientists often cannot date precisely archeological or prehistorical findings”
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    chronologise, chronologize
    establish the order in time of something
    assign the wrong date to
    antedate, foredate, predate
    establish something as being earlier relative to something else
    establish something as being later relative to something else
    type of:
    determine, set
    fix conclusively or authoritatively
  9. noun
    a meeting arranged in advance
    “she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date
    synonyms: appointment, engagement
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    blind date
    a date with a stranger
    double date
    a date in which two couples participate
    rendezvous, tryst
    a date; usually with a member of the opposite sex
    type of:
    get together, meeting
    a small informal social gathering
  10. noun
    a participant in a date
    “his date never stopped talking”
    synonyms: escort
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    blind date
    a participant in a blind date (someone you meet for the first time when you have a date with them)
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    associate, companion, comrade, familiar, fellow
    a friend who is frequently in the company of another
  11. verb
    go on a date with
    “Tonight she is dating a former high school sweetheart”
    go out, go steady, see
    date regularly; have a steady relationship with
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    go out on a date with a partner and another couple
    type of:
    go out
    leave the house to go somewhere
  12. verb
    date regularly; have a steady relationship with
    “He is dating his former wife again!”
    synonyms: go out, go steady, see
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    type of:
    affiliate, associate, assort, consort
    keep company with; hang out with
  13. noun
    sweet edible fruit of the date palm with a single long woody seed
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    type of:
    edible fruit
    edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
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