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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.
1. The dative case.
2. A word or form in the dative case.
[Middle 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.]
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(Grammar) denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives used to express the indirect object, to identify the recipients, and for other purposes
a. the dative case
b. a word or speech element in this case
[C15: from Latin datīvus, from dare to give; translation of Greek dotikos]
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1. of or designating a grammatical case that typically indicates the indirect object of a verb or the object of certain prepositions.n.
2. the dative case.
3. a word or other form in the dative case.
[1400–50; datif < Latin datīvus (casus) dative (case) <dat(us) given (see date1)]
da•ti′val (-ˈtaɪ vəl) adj.
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A noun case that indicates the indirect object of a verb.
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dative[ˈdeɪtɪv] n (GRAMMAR) → datif m
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