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.
- predicate adjective,
- predicate calculus,
- predicate nominative,
- predicate noun,
- predicate objective
Origin of predicate
Examples 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
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.
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.”