Meaning of PREDICATE in English

I. ˈpre-di-kət noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin praedicatum, from neuter of praedicatus

Date: 15th century


a. : something that is affirmed or denied of the subject in a proposition in logic

b. : a term designating a property or relation

2. : the part of a sentence or clause that expresses what is said of the subject and that usually consists of a verb with or without objects, complements, or adverbial modifiers

• pred·i·ca·tive -kə-tiv, -ˌkā- adjective

• pred·i·ca·tive·ly adverb

II. ˈpre-də-ˌkāt transitive verb

( -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


a. : affirm , declare

b. archaic : preach


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

4. : imply

III. ˈpre-di-kət adjective

Date: 1887

: completing the meaning of a copula

predicate adjective

predicate noun

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