Origin of dativeMiddle English from Classical Latin dativus, relating to giving from datus (see date); its grammatical use in Late Latin (casus) dativus, dative (case), translates Classical Greek dotik?
- the dative case: in English this case may be expressed analytically by to or by word order (Ex.: I gave the book to Jack, I gave him the book)
- a word or phrase in this case
- The dative case.
- A word or form in the dative case.
Origin of dativeMiddle English datif from Latin (cāsus) datīvus (case) of giving ( translation of Greek dotikē ptōsis ) from datus past participle of dare to give ; see dō- in Indo-European roots.
- (grammar) The dative case.
From Latin dativus (appropriate to giving), itself from datus (the past participle of dō (“I give”)) + -ivus (“-ive”).