- to proclaim; declare; affirm; assert.
- to affirm or assert (something) of the subject of a proposition.
- to make (a term) the predicate of such a proposition.
- to connote; imply: His retraction predicates a change of attitude.
- to found or derive (a statement, action, etc.); base (usually followed by on): He predicated his behavior on his faith in humanity.
- to make an affirmation or assertion.
- Grammar. belonging to the predicate: a predicate noun.
- Grammar. (in many languages, as English) a syntactic unit that functions as one of the two main constituents of a simple sentence, the other being the subject, and that consists of a verb, which in English may agree with the subject in number, and of all the words governed by the verb or modifying it, the whole often expressing the action performed by or the state attributed to the subject, as is here in Larry is here.
- Logic. that which is affirmed or denied concerning the subject of a proposition.
Origin of predicate
Examples from the Web for predicate
FRIEDMAN: I think you also laid the predicate for the Iran negotiations.
The train of consequences which follows, is inferred by altering the predicate into 'not many.'Parmenides
Of all such actions we predicate not courage, but a name indicative of order.Statesman
In 'the matter seems clear,' 'clear' is part of the predicate of 'matter.'
A verb should agree in number with its subject, and not with its predicate.
A long subject is often separated from the predicate by a comma.
- (also intr; when tr, may take a clause as object) to proclaim, declare, or affirm
- to imply or connote
- (foll by on or upon) to base or found (a proposition, argument, etc)
- to assert or affirm (a property, characteristic, or condition) of the subject of a proposition
- to make (a term, expression, etc) the predicate of a proposition
- the part of a sentence in which something is asserted or denied of the subject of a sentence; one of the two major components of a sentence, the other being the subject
- (as modifier)a predicate adjective
- an expression that is derived from a sentence by the deletion of a name
- a property, characteristic, or attribute that may be affirmed or denied of something. The categorial statement all men are mortal relates two predicates, is a man and is mortal
- the term of a categorial proposition that is affirmed or denied of its subject. In this example all men is the subject, and mortal is the predicate
- a function from individuals to truth values, the truth set of the function being the extension of the predicate
- of or relating to something that has been predicated
Word Origin and History for predicate
mid-15c., a term in logic, from Middle French predicat and directly from Medieval Latin predicatum, from Latin praedicatum "that which is said of the subject," noun use of neuter past participle of praedicare "assert, proclaim, declare publicly," from prae- "forth, before" (see pre-) + dicare "proclaim," from stem of dicere "to speak, to say" (see diction). Grammatical sense is from 1630s. Related: Predicative; predicator; predicatory.
1887, from Latin praedicatus, past participle of praedicare "proclaim, announce" (see predicate (n.)).
1550s, back formation from predication, or else from Latin praedicatus, past participle of praedicare "proclaim, announce" (see predicate (n.)). Related: Predicated; predicating. Phrase predicated on "founded on, based on," is American English, first recorded 1766.