I thought I ordered a crepe, but instead the waiter gave me ham and cheese on baguette. A few months later, I found myself in a similar conversation with another guy who I had one amazing date with. Dating is something you do before you enter into a relationship. I need an evaluation period just as much as you do.
Whether you call it “dating” or something else, all partners should agree on a definition and the same ground rules for the relationship.
We use the gender-neutral term “partners” to refer to people in an intimate relationship, but you might use a different word (and that’s okay)!