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



BrE BrE//əˈkjuːzətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈkjuːzətɪv//
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(in some languages) the form of a noun, a pronoun or an adjective when it is the direct object of a verb, or connected with the direct object In the sentence, ‘I saw him today’, the word ‘him’ is in the accusative. compare ablative, dative, genitive, nominative, vocative Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin (casus) accusativus, literally ‘relating to an accusation or (legal) case’, translating Greek (ptōsis) aitiatikē ‘(the case) showing cause’.

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