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Noun: predicate  pre-di-kut
  1. (logic) what is predicated of the subject of a proposition; the second term in a proposition is predicated of the first term by means of the copula
    "'Socrates is a man' predicates manhood of Socrates"
     
  2. One of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements
    - verb phrase
Verb: predicate  pre-di-kut
  1. Make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition
    "The predicate 'dog' is predicated of the subject 'Fido' in the sentence 'Fido is a dog'"
     
  2. Affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of
    "The speech predicated the fitness of the candidate to be President";
    - proclaim
     
  3. Involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic
    "solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well";
    - connote

Derived forms: predicating, predicates, predicated

Type of: assert, asseverate, imply, interrelate, maintain, phrase, relate, term

Encyclopedia: Predicate