v. & n.
v.tr. 1 assert or affirm as true or existent. 2 (foll. by on) found or base (a statement etc.) on.
n. 1 Gram. what is said about the subject of a sentence etc. (e.g. went home in John went home). 2 Logic a what is predicated. b what is affirmed or denied of the subject by means of the copula (e.g. mortal in all men are mortal). predication n.
[ L praedicare praedicat- proclaim (as PRAE-, dicare declare) ]