verb (used without object), dined, dining.
to eat the principal meal of the day; have dinner.
to take any meal.
verb (used with object), dined, dining.
to entertain at dinner.
Scot. dinner.
Verb phrases
dine out, to take a meal, especially the principal or more formal meal of the day, away from home, as in a hotel or restaurant: They dine out at least once a week.

1250–1300; Middle English dinen < Anglo-French, Old French di(s)ner < Vulgar Latin *disjējūnāre to break one's fast, equivalent to Latin dis- dis-1 + Late Latin jējūnāre to fast; see jejune

predine, verb (used without object), predined, predining.

deign, dine.
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dine (daɪn)
1.  (intr) to eat dinner
2.  (intr; often foll by on, off, or upon) to make one's meal (of): the guests dined upon roast beef
3.  informal (tr) to entertain to dinner (esp in the phrase wine and dine someone)
[C13: from Old French disner, contracted from Vulgar Latin disjējūnāre (unattested) to cease fasting, from dis- not + Late Latin jējūnāre to fast; see jejune]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. disner, originally "take the first meal of the day," from stem of Gallo-Romance *desjunare "to break one's fast," from L. dis- "undo" + L.L. jejunare "to fast," from L. jejunus "fasting, hungry."

c.1400, action of dine. Dining room is attested from c.1600.
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Bible Dictionary

Dine definition

(Gen. 43:16). It was the custom in Egypt to dine at noon. But it is probable that the Egyptians took their principal meal in the evening, as was the general custom in the East (Luke 14:12).

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Example sentences
Singaporeans moan that besides shopping, dining and the movies, there's not a
  lot you can do here.
But as they feed at depths of hundreds of metres, their actual dining habits
  were difficult to discover.
Instead, he found himself dealing with gripes about the kinds of burgers served
  in the dining halls.
And this is in addition to fine wining and dining offered in fancy museum cafes
  and restaurants.
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