verb (used with object), pred·i·cat·ed, pred·i·cat·ing.
- to affirm or assert (something) of the subject of a proposition.
- to make (a term) the predicate of such a proposition.
verb (used without object), pred·i·cat·ed, pred·i·cat·ing.
Origin of predicate
Related Words for predicatesignify, affirm, imply, state, declare, mean, rest, proclaim, assert, base, aver, profess, establish
Examples from the Web for predicate
Contemporary Examples of predicate
FRIEDMAN: I think you also laid the predicate for the Iran negotiations.
Historical Examples of predicate
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.
verb (ˈprɛdɪˌkeɪt) (mainly tr)
- 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
Word Origin 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.