Pronunciation: (dā'tiv), [key] Gram.
(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.
1. the dative case.
2. a word or form in that case, as Latin regi in regi haec dicite meaning “tell this to the king.”
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