dat-, dos-, dot-, dow-, don-, dit-
(Greek + Latin: dare, to give, a giving, given; a gift; to grant, to offer)
2. To allow something, which is considered wrong, to continue: Articles about officials in a certain country are said to condone terrorism as described in the newspaper lately.
School officials said they would not condone the kind of behavior where children are bullied by other children.3. Etymology: from Latin condonare, "to grant, to pardon, to forgive"; from con-, "with, together" + donare, "to give, to present."
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Someone was told that the motto of Wyggesden School, Leicester, U.K., Dat eleemosynam et ecce omnia munda sunt vobis must be memorized by all the students before they are allowed to graduate.
The editor of the newspaper titled the lead editorial, Dat veniam corvis, vexat censura columbas because it was a statement of her opinion of the city officials who sought to censor her newspaper.
Data transfer rate differs from the "read rate" which refers to how many tags can be read within a given period of time.
2. To find out, or to state, the time or period when something was made: "The archeologist used the latest technology to date the recent discovery in the dig in the farmer’s field."
3. To have an origin in a particular time in the past: "Phil and Tod have family records dating back to the World War I."
4. To reveal the age of someone or something; or to make someone, or something, seem old-fashioned: "Janine's clothes date her age."
5. To go out regularly with someone as a romantic partner: "Mary and Martin dated for two years before they got married."
6. Etymology: the meaning of "time" is from about 1330, from Old French date; from Middle Latin data, noun use of feminine singular of Latin datus, "given" past participle of dare, "to give, to grant, to offer".
The Roman convention of closing every article of correspondence by writing "given" and the day and month, meaning "given to messenger", led to data becoming a term for "the time (and place) stated".
The meaning "to give" is also the root of the grammatical dative (Middle English), the case of "giving".
Dateline in the journalism sense is attested from 1888. The phrase "up to date" (1890) is from bookkeeping. Dated, "old-fashioned", is attested from 1900. Date (noun), "romantic liaison" is from 1885, gradually evolving from the general sense of "appointment"; the verb in this sense is first recorded in 1902.
Although rarely used properly, if at all, datum should be expressed in the singular sense, for example: "There is one datum on this page that is not correct."
Using the word "fact" instead of datum probably would make one's writing easier to understand and decrease anxiety about the proper use of datum.
Data, as the plural of datum, requires a plural verb in Latin and in English."
People often read; especially, in technical, scientific, and business writings; such usages as, "The data is inconclusive." It should be: "These or Those data are inconclusive."