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You'll be so good, my dear, as to remember, that the date of your last letter to me was the 9th.

I'll let you know the moment the date of the girls' weddings is set.

This puts the date of the completion of the keep between 1146 and 1171.

Lawrence gave the date as 1735; and Keightley suggested the spring of that year.

Here was an offer which the company in an English inn at that or any other date are slow to refuse.

The result will be a filling that has more of the date flavor.

I think in its present form it must be taken to date from 1597.

The easiest way to settle the question was to look at the date on the note.

Can you connect a heavy wind with the date of the lost plan?

From this hour I date the commencement of my life of real happiness.

WORD ORIGIN

"time," early 14c., from Old French date (13c.) "date, day; time," from Medieval Latin data, noun use of fem. singular of Latin datus "given," past participle of dare "to give, grant, offer," from PIE root *do- "to give" (cf. Sanskrit dadati "gives," danam "offering, present;" Old Persian dadatuv "let him give," Old Church Slavonic dati "give," dani "tribute;" Latin donum "gift;" Greek didomi, didonai, "to give, offer," doron "gift;" Lithuanian duonis "gift," Old Irish dan "gift, endowment, talent," Welsh dawn "gift").

The Roman convention of closing every article of correspondence by writing "given" and the day and month -- meaning perhaps "given to messenger" -- led to data becoming a term for "the time (and place) stated." (a Roman letter would include something along the lines of datum Romae pridie Kalendas Maias -- "given at Rome on the last day of April."

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