Use the word "date" when giving the ordinal number for a day:
Today’s date is September 4, 2017
This is a good word to know when talking about time or when talking about a schedule:
- We need to set a date for our next meeting.
- The date of the wedding is set for June.
- They don’t have a date yet for their event.
- What’s the date of your birth?
You can also use "date" when describing someone or something that is old:
- His clothes look very dated.
- This clothing is outdated. (outdated = not in style)
- This music dates back to the 1950s.
- Bill’s record collection is a little out of date. (out of date = not new)
- This will probably date me, but I remember hearing this song when I was a little boy.
If something is new or revised, use "up" with "date."
- All our business records are up to date.
- The police gave an up-to-date account of what happened at the scene of the crime.
- This website is updated daily.
Another way of using the word "date" is when describing a meeting with another person:
Cindy and Doug
- Cindy and Doug are dating each other. (This is a romantic relationship.)
- Cindy and Doug are going on a date tonight.
- Phil has a golf date set for Wednesday. (He’s meeting other people to play golf.)
- I have a date with the dentist next week. (I have to see the dentist on Wednesday.)
There’s one last thing to mention about the word "date." A date is a type of fruit that is popular in parts of Europe and the Middle East:
- Do you like dates?
- Dates are very sweet.
- Dates are high in fiber.
- Many people like to eat dried dates.
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First published on December 12, 2012
Updated on September 4, 2017