predicate

The predicate is the part of a sentence that includes the verb and verb phrase. The predicate of "The boys went to the zoo" is "went to the zoo."

We change the pronunciation of this noun ("PRED-uh-kit") when we turn it into a verb ("PRED-uh-kate"). The verb predicate means to require something as a condition of something else, and we use this term mostly in connection with logic, mathematics, or rhetoric. To predicate your argument on certain facts is to use those facts as evidence.

Primary Meanings of predicate

1.
vn
involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic
(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
2.
nv
one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements
make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition
Full Definitions of predicate
1

v involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic

“solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well”
Synonyms:
connote
Type of:
imply
suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic

v affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of

“The speech predicated the fitness of the candidate to be President”
Synonyms:
proclaim
Type of:
assert, asseverate, maintain
state categorically

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”
Type of:
term
one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition
2

n one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements

Synonyms:
verb phrase
Type of:
phrase
an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence

v make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition

“The predicate `dog' is predicated of the subject `Fido' in the sentence `Fido is a dog'”
Type of:
interrelate, relate
be in a relationship with

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