The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.
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Hundreds of residents also came together to search for the boy after the appeal.
He was named locally as Owen Jenkins after his family put out an appeal for information on his whereabouts.
Specialist boat rescue crews were called to search a stretch of the river near Beeston Marina shortly after he was reported missing but Nottinghamshire Police confirmed they found a body just before 11pm.
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.