Definitions of predicate:
  • noun:   one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements
  • noun:   (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
    Example: "`Socrates is a man' predicates manhood of Socrates"
  • verb:   affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of
    Example: "The speech predicated the fitness of the candidate to be President"
  • verb:   make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition
    Example: "The predicate `dog' is predicated of the subject `Fido' in the sentence `Fido is a dog'"
  • verb:   involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic
    Example: "Solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well"

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