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DATE, noun

1. That addition to a writing which specifies the year, month and day when it was given or executed. In letters, it notes the time when they are written or sent; in deeds, contracts, wills and other papers, it specifies the time of execution, and usually the time from which they are to take effect and operate on the rights of persons. To the date is usually added the name of the place where a writing is executed, and this is sometimes included in the term date

2. The time when any event happened, when any thing was transacted, or when any thing is to be done; as the date of a battle; the date of Cesar's arrival in Britain.

3. End; conclusion.

What time would spare, from steel receives its

DATE. Pope.

4. Duration; continuance; as, ages of endless date

DATE, verb transitive

1. To write or note the time when a letter is written, or a writing executed; to express, in an instrument, the year, month and day of its execution, and usually the place; as, to date a letter, a bond, a deed, or a charter.

2. To note or fix the time of an event or transaction. Historians date the fulfillment of a prophecy at different periods.

3. To note the time when something begins; as, to date a disease or calamity from a certain cause.

DATE, verb intransitive

1. To reckon.

2. To begin; to have origin.

The Batavian republic dates from the successes of

the French arms. E. Everett.

DATE, noun The fruit of the great palm-tree, or date-tree, the Phoenix dactylifera. This fruit is somewhat in the shape of an acorn, composed of a thin light glossy membrane, somewhat pellucid and yellowish, containing a soft pulpy fruit, firm and sweet, esculent and wholesome, and in this is inclosed a hard kernel.