Definition of dative noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdeɪtɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdeɪtɪv//
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(in some languages) the form of a noun, a pronoun or an adjective when it is the indirect object of a verb or is connected with the indirect object In the sentence, ‘I sent her a postcard’, the word ‘her’ is in the dative. compare ablative, accusative, genitive, locative, nominative, vocative Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin (casus) dativus ‘(case) of giving’, from dat- ‘given’, from the verb dare.

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