Dative meaning

dā'tĭv
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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The dative case.
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A word or form in the dative case.
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Designating, of, or in the case of the indirect object of a finite verb.
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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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A word or phrase in this 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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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