Meaning of PREDICATE in English


Pronunciation: ' pre-d ə - ˌ k ā t

Function: transitive verb

Inflected Form: -cat · ed ; -cat · ing

Etymology: Late Latin praedicatus, past participle of praedicare to assert, predicate logically, preach, from Latin, to proclaim, assert ― more at PREACH

Date: circa 1552

1 a : AFFIRM , DECLARE b archaic : PREACH

2 a : to assert to be a quality, attribute, or property ― used with following of < predicate s intelligence of humans> b : to make (a term) the predicate in a proposition

3 : FOUND , BASE ― usually used with on <the theory is predicated on recent findings>


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