Meaning of PREDICATE in English

I. ˈpredə̇kə̇]t, -dēk- sometimes -dəˌkā]; usu ]d.+V noun

( -s )

Etymology: Late Latin praedicatum, from neuter of praedicatus, past participle of praedicare to predicate, preach, from Latin, to proclaim publicly, assert — more at preach


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

in “paper is white”, whiteness is the predicate

b. : a term designating a property or relation : a propositional function of one or more arguments

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

3. : a title asserting something

“mother of God” is a predicate of Mary

II. -dəˌkāt, usu -ād.+V verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Late Latin praedicatus, past participle of praedicare to assert, predicate, preach, from Latin, to proclaim publicly, assert — more at preach

transitive verb


a. : affirm , declare , proclaim

b. archaic : preach

c. obsolete : commend , praise


a. : to assert or affirm as a quality, attribute, or property — used with following of

predicates intelligence of man

b. logic : to affirm of the subject of a proposition : make (a term) the predicate in a proposition

3. : found , base

any code of ethics must be predicated upon the basic principles of truth and honesty — H.A.Wagner


[by alteration]

archaic : predict

5. : to convey an implication of

predicates the arrival of a revolutionary situation — George Soule

intransitive verb

: to assert something about another thing : affirm , declare

Synonyms: see assert

III. pronunc at predicate I\ adjective

: belonging to the predicate ; specifically : completing the meaning of a copula or link verb

predicate noun

predicate adjective

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