from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To base or establish (a statement or action, for example): I predicated my argument on the facts.
  • transitive v. To state or affirm as an attribute or quality of something: The sermon predicated the perfectibility of humankind.
  • transitive v. To carry the connotation of; imply.
  • transitive v. Logic To make (a term or expression) the predicate of a proposition.
  • transitive v. To proclaim or assert; declare.
  • intransitive v. To make a statement or assertion.
  • n. Grammar One of the two main constituents of a sentence or clause, modifying the subject and including the verb, objects, or phrases governed by the verb, as opened the door in Jane opened the door or is very sleepy in The child is very sleepy.
  • n. Logic That part of a proposition that is affirmed or denied about the subject. For example, in the proposition We are mortal, mortal is the predicate.
  • adj. Grammar Of or belonging to the predicate of a sentence or clause.
  • adj. Stated or asserted; predicated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of the sentence (or clause) which states something about the subject or the object of the sentence.
  • n. A term of a statement, where the statement may be true or false depending on whether the thing referred to by the values of the statement's variables has the property signified by that (predicative) term.
  • n. An operator or function that returns either true or false.
  • v. To announce or assert publicly.
  • v. To state, assert.
  • v. To suppose, assume; to infer.
  • v. To base (on); to assert on the grounds of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Predicated.
  • n. That which is affirmed or denied of the subject. In these propositions, “Paper is white,” “Ink is not white,” whiteness is the predicate affirmed of paper and denied of ink.
  • n. The word or words in a proposition which express what is affirmed of the subject.
  • intransitive v. To affirm something of another thing; to make an affirmation.
  • transitive v. To assert to belong to something; to affirm (one thing of another).
  • transitive v. To found; to base.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To declare; assert; affirm; specifically, to affirm as an attribute or quality of something; attribute as a property or characteristic.
  • To assert, as a proposition or argument, upon given grounds or data; found; hence, to base, as an action, upon certain grounds or security: as, to predicate a loan.
  • Predicated; belonging to a predicate; constituting a part of what is predicated or asserted of anything; made, through the instrumentality of a verb, to qualify its subject, or sometimes its direct object: thus, in the following sentences the italicized words are predicate: he is an invalid; he is ill; it made him ill; they elected him captain.
  • n. That which is predicated or said of a subject in a proposition; in grammar, the word or words in a proposition which express what is affirmed or denied of the subject; that part of the sentence which is not the subject. See proposition.
  • n. A class name; a title by which a person or thing may be known, in virtue of belonging to a class.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic
  • v. make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition
  • v. affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of
  • n. one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements
  • n. (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


Late Latin praedicāre, praedicāt-, from Latin, to proclaim : prae-, pre- + dicāre, to proclaim; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French predicate (French prédicat), from post-classical Late Latin praedicatum ("thing said of a subject"), a noun use of the neuter past participle of praedicare ("proclaim"), as Etymology 2, below. (Wiktionary)
From Latin predicātus, perfect passive participle of praedicō, from prae + dicō ("declare, proclaim"), from dicō ("say, tell"). (Wiktionary)



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