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Meaning of PREDICATE

Pronunciation:  [v]'predu`keyt, 'predikut

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements
  2. [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; "`Socrates is a man' predicates manhood of Socrates"
  3. [adj]  (grammar) of adjectives; relating to or occurring within the predicate of a sentence; "`red' is a predicative adjective in `the apple is red'"
  4. [v]  involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic; "solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well"
  5. [v]  affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of; "The speech predicated the fitness of the candidate to be President"
  6. [v]  make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition; "The predicate 'dog' is predicated of the subject 'Fido' in the sentence 'Fido is a dog'"

PREDICATE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: connote, predicative, proclaim, verb phrase
 Antonyms: attributive, prenominal
 See Also: assert, asseverate, imply, interrelate, maintain, phrase, relate, term



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pred"i*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Predicated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Predicating}.] [L. praedicatus, p. p. of
    praedicare to cry in public, to proclaim. See {Preach}.]
    1. To assert to belong to something; to affirm (one thing of
       another); as, to predicate whiteness of snow.
    2. To found; to base. [U.S.]
    Note: Predicate is sometimes used in the United States for
          found or base; as, to predicate an argument on certain
          principles; to predicate a statement on information
          received. Predicate is a term in logic, and used only
          in a single case, namely, when we affirm one thing of
          another. ``Similitude is not predicated of essences or
          substances, but of figures and qualities only.''
  2. \Pred"i*cate\, v. i.
    To affirm something of another thing; to make an affirmation.
    --Sir M. Hale.
  3. \Pred"i*cate\, n. [L. praedicatum, neut. of
    praedicatus, p. p. praedicare: cf. F. pr['e]dicat. See
    {Predicate}, v. t.]
    1. (Logic) 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.
    2. (Gram.) The word or words in a proposition which express
       what is affirmed of the subject.
    Syn: Affirmation; declaration.
  4. \Pred"i*cate\, a. [L. praedicatus, p. p.]
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