I tried to say they were "dating." Someone else said they weren't dating because they weren't exclusive.
Then someone say if someone asks if you've been "dating" that guy you've been with the past couple of months?!
Dating is where two people who are attracted to each other spend time together to see if they also can stand to be around each other most of the time, if this is successful they develop a relationship, although sometimes a relationship develops anyways if the people can't find anybody else to date them, or are very lonely or one person is only attracted to the other and pretends to be in love with the second unfortunate person who has the misunderstanding that they have found love.This occurs quite often and eventully leads to something called cheating.While hooking up involves a bunch of late-night booty calls that don't necessarily need to lead up to anything, dating is time spent getting to know someone, trying to figure out whether or not you're going to take the next step and pursue a real relationship.But, as you can see from these answers, people have some pretty different definitions as far as what that "getting to know you" period entails.It's easy, pretty much every knows what that means, and if for some reason they're confused, I say, "You know Carrie in Sex in the City?
I'm like her, but she wrote for the Post and I wrote for the Times." People nod, and then ask me whatever pressing dating questions they have.Of course, life has a cute, charming way of making things unnecessarily complicated, so there are about one million different stages you can undergo within the "hooking up" and "dating" stages.But overall, odds are you're doing something that falls under one of the two umbrellas.24-hour interval, affiliate, associate, assort, calendar day, calendar month, calendar year, civil day, civil year, companion, comrade, consort, day, determine, edible fruit, familiar, fellow, furnish, get together, go out, mean solar day, meeting, month, nowadays, point, point in time, present, provide, render, set, solar day, stamp, supply, twenty-four hour period, twenty-four hours, yokefellow [N.Term dating has many meanings, the most common refers to a trial period in which two people explore whether to take the relationship further towards a more permanent relationship, in this sense, dating refers to the time when people are physically together in public as opposed to the earlier time period in which people are arranging the date, perhaps by corresponding by email or text or phone.For the greater good of humanity, I decided to ask one simple question: When you say you're "dating" someone, what does that mean to you?