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 (casus) dat&imacron;vus, (case) of giving (translation of Greek dotik&emacron; pt&omacron;sis), from datus, past participle of dare, to give; see d&omacron;- 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”).