Dative definition

dātĭv
The dative case.
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(grammar) Noting the case of a noun which expresses the remoter or indirect object, generally indicated in English by to or for with the objective.
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(sciences) Formed by two electrons contributed by one atom; see dative bond.
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(grammar) The dative case.
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Of, relating to, or being the grammatical case that marks the recipient of action, that often indicates the indirect object of the verb, and that can be used with prepositions or other function words corresponding in meaning to English to and for.
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(gram.) Designating, of, or in the case of the indirect object of a finite verb.
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A word or form in the dative case.
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A word or phrase in this case.
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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)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
dative
Plural:
datives

Origin of dative

  • Middle English datif from Latin (cāsus) datīvus (case) of giving (translation of Greek dotikē ptōsis) from datus past participle of dare to give dō- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin dativus (appropriate to giving), itself from datus (the past participle of (“I give”)) + -ivus (“-ive”).

    From Wiktionary