- (in certain inflected languages, as Latin, Greek, and German) noting a case having as a distinctive function indication of the indirect object of a verb or the object of certain prepositions.
- the dative case.
- a word or form in that case, as Latin regi in regi haec dicite meaning “tell this to the king.”
Origin of dative
Examples from the Web for dative
Those in -em, -en generally retain the e in the dative plural.A Middle High German Primer
Either accusative or dative would be acceptable enough with latere.
The rule seems to have been disregarded when the leading Noun was in the Dative.Elements of Gaelic Grammar
The substitution of -n for -m in the dative case, hwilon for hwilum.
At present they are dative forms with an accusative meaning.
- denoting a case of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives used to express the indirect object, to identify the recipients, and for other purposes
- the dative case
- a word or speech element in this case
Word Origin and History for dative
mid-15c., from Latin dativus "pertaining to giving," from datus "given" (see date (n.1)); in grammatical use from Greek dotike (ptosis) "dative (case)," from dotikos "of giving nature," from dotos "given," from PIE root *do- "to give," from the same PIE root as the Latin word. In law, "that may be disposed of at pleasure," from 1530s.