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.
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Example sentences from the Web for predicate
FRIEDMAN: I think you also laid the predicate for the Iran negotiations.
It is a new construction of reality which may serve either as subject or as predicate in future judgments.Studies in Logical Theory|John Dewey
It is not a predicate adjective, but a partitive genitive after hwt.Anglo-Saxon Grammar and Exercise Book|C. Alphonso Smith
So you see we have several instances in which the "distribution" varies, both as regards the subject and also the predicate.Thought-Culture|William Walker Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for predicate
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
Derived forms of predicatepredication, noun
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Cultural definitions for predicate
The part of a sentence that shows what is being said about the subject. The predicate includes the main verb and all its modifiers. In the following sentence, the italicized portion is the predicate: “Olga's dog was the ugliest creature on four legs.”