Dine (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dined (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dining.] [F. diner, OF. disner, LL. disnare, contr. fr. an assumed disjunare; dis- + an assumed junare (OF. juner) to fast, for L. jejunare, fr. jejunus fasting. See Jejune, and cf. Dinner, Djeuner.]

To eat the principal regular meal of the day; to take dinner.

Now can I break my fast, dine, sup, and sleep. Shak.

To dine with Duke Humphrey, to go without dinner; -- a phrase common in Elizabethan literature, said to be from the practice of the poor gentry, who beguiled the dinner hour by a promenade near the tomb of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, in Old Saint Paul's.


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Dine, v. t.


To give a dinner to; to furnish with the chief meal; to feed; as, to dine a hundred men.

A table massive enough to have dined Johnnie Armstrong and his merry men. Sir W. Scott.


To dine upon; to have to eat.

[Obs.] "What will ye dine."



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