Im gonna tell you something from my experience. And i hope this helps you.
I had a similar situation to the one you are in. The only difference is that i was of course the guy doing all that stuff that your friend is doing. I met this girl when i was dating my ex girlfriend and i found her really attractive when i met her but if course i was in a relationship so i wasn't going to do anything. A few years later we broke up and she turned out to be one of my best friends. She was always there for me and we would hang out lots of times but none of us talked about dating. Later on i decided i wanted to date her so i started to pay for her all the time and ask her to come to the movies and go out for dinner and she was in the same positon as you were. She had bo idea i was trying to make it or turn it into a date because i was shy to make a move and didn't want to ruin what we had. Maybe she didn't feel the same way. So i had to do it slowly to see if she was responding to all those things. And i was always tlaking to her and once in a while we would flirt but never hooked up before or anything. In the end she couldnt hold it and she told me she liked me. And i told her i felt the same way and we dated. I remember her asking me why i didn't make a move before and i told her that it was cause i didn't want to ruin what we had. Anyways thats my story
If he is talking to you all the time and inviting you and paying for you all the time let me tell you that he is interested in you. A normal friend doesn't do that alll the time only sometimes. Like i said im telling you this cause i did it and still do it. So if you dont wanna have a conversation about that or tell him straight up then start flirting with him and see how he reacts and with that you will see if he is interested in you or not. Hope this helps. Good luck!
Basically, I agree with the definition given by @Esplorare, except that I cannot agree that "What your friend is doing doesn't sound like a date" does not make sense since what you guys did when you went out has not been discussed, so how can we judge it?
But what you have said so far qualifies as a date as far as I can see.
It sounds like this guy is too shy to properly ask you out. I've taken out my female friends like that and it wasn't a date even though I treated them out and everything. I also make sure they know it's not a date by steering the convo to people we're interested in and who we're seeing and what upcoming dates we have. I do it because it's nice to get a female's perspective and I even treat it as a "practice" date for my real dates with women I'm interested in.
It's possible he thinks it's a date. There is a chance that he wants you to like him as a friend that he will go out of his way to make you like. Don't ask him if THAT was a date. Ask him the next time if that is going to be a date. If he says no then tell him that you will go but he can't pay for you (if that is what you want.)
basicly all you need to do is if you want this to be a date than treat it like a date if you want to be friends then just be friends.
if you want it to be a date then just get more touchy with him. touch his arm when your in conversation. get more subtly physical. he should understand and if he responds or how he responds should tell you your answer
I'd like to say that all three times I "hung out" with my crush were dates. Because there was a specific time, a specific activity, and the intention was pretty much just for us to spend time together. I don't think a date has to be romantic.
A date is when both people agree to go out together to do something or get to know each other. When a date take place, there is two things you can do. You can be curteous and pay for the date for both or you can go Dutch. Dutch is when both people pay for thimgs with their own money. That is what I call a date. I am usually the gentleman who's paying for the date when I do date.
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I think you might be reading into it as just friendship but it's more in his mind. You should definitely ask what his intentions with you are because it sounds like he likes you. Friends go out but pay separately usually.