Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To have dinner.
  • transitive v. To give dinner to; entertain at dinner: wined and dined the visiting senators.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to eat; to eat dinner or supper
  • v. To give a dinner to; to furnish with the chief meal; to feed.
  • v. To dine upon; to have to eat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To eat the principal regular meal of the day; to take dinner.
  • transitive v. To give a dinner to; to furnish with the chief meal; to feed.
  • transitive v. To dine upon; to have to eat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To eat the chief meal of the day; take dinner; in a more general sense, to partake of a repast; eat.
  • To give a dinner to; furnish with the principal meal; entertain at dinner: as, the landlord dined a hundred men.
  • To dine upon; have to eat.
  • n. Dinner.
  • n. Dinner-time; midday.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have supper; eat dinner
  • v. give dinner to; host for dinner

Etymologies

Middle English dinen, from Old French diner, disner, from Vulgar Latin *disiūnāre, from *disiēiūnāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin iēiūnium, fast.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French disner, from Vulgar Latin *disiūnāre, from disieiūnāre ("to break the fast"), from Late Latin, from dis- + iēiūnō ("to fast"), from Latin ieiūnus. (Wiktionary)

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  • "'There was suspicion among many in the Arab world and among parts of the American public that the United States had gone to war in Iraq precisely to secure the oil wealth these contracts seek to extract,' Andrew E. Kramer wrote in The New York Times.
    Kramer's reference to 'suspicion' is an understatement. Furthermore, it is highly likely that the military occupation has taken the initiative in restoring the hated Iraq Petroleum Company, which, as Seamus Milne writes in the London Guardian, was imposed under British rule to 'dine off Iraq's wealth in a famously exploitative deal.'"
    - Noam Chomsky, It's the Oil, stupid!, Khaleej Times, 8 July 2008.

    March 5, 2009