This term may also refer to two or more people who have already decided they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
It can be a form of courtship that consists of social activities done by the couple.
The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.
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.
Cowell is the principal founder and chief executive of the British entertainment company Syco.
The acid-tongued star - who is dating model Terri Seymour - openly admits he hated Paula at first, but claims there is now sexual chemistry between the two of them. It's like going to the dentist without anaesthetic.
We do fancy each other." But Simon says he would never cross the boundaries of their professional relationship because he wouldn't want to talk to Paula the next day. I couldn't bear the conversation the following morning." Meanwhile, Simon has admitted he hates judging 'American Idol' - but tolerates it because it makes good money.
and," he added, gesturing to his pals on stage, "for you guys being actually my best friends now, and I'm going to miss you.
Simon Cowell has confessed he fancies fellow 'American Idol' judge Paula Abdul - but wouldn't sleep with her because of the awkward morning after. The multi-millionaire star, currently auditioning for the fourth series of the hit show, revealed: "I loathe it.