So I'm guessing you had an extra ticket and couldn't decide which one of you got to bring a date?

What does "bring a date" mean in this sentence? Thanks in advance!

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The word date has quite a few different meanings.

One of them is to refer to the day on which something occurs:

a : the time at which an event occurs

the date of his birth

on this date in history

(all quoted definitions from Merriam-Webster)

This meaning leads to the re-use of the word to refer to a meeting scheduled for a particular date:

a : an appointment to meet at a specified time

set up a date with her lawyer;

But without some context suggesting otherwise (as with the lawyer example above), this is specifically a romantic outing:

especially : a social engagement (see engagement 1a) between two persons that often has a romantic character

asked her out on a date

From that definition, the word date can also be applied to the person you would go out on the date with:

b : a person with whom one has a usually romantic date

bringing a date to the dance

This is the meaning you have in your sentence: with several people going, and only one extra ticket, they could not all bring dates. Rather than allowing one to bring a date (i.e. make the outing romantic for them, while leaving the others without a romantic partner, which is often awkward), they instead offered the ticket to the speaker (or so the speaker hypothesizes, anyway).

  • Well, a downvote on this purely-objective answer is flabbergasting. Does someone object to drawing connections between related usages of the word as an aid to comprehension and recall? – KRyan Jun 27 '18 at 16:51

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