- Predicate is a grammar term used to describe the part of the sentence which talks about the subject and which has a verb.
An example of predicate is "ate lunch" in the sentence "Mary ate lunch."
- To predicate is to agree that something is a quality or property of someone.
An example of predicate is to confirm the kindness of someone who has recently made a large contribution to a charity.
predicate definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete to proclaim; preach; declare; affirm
- to affirm as a quality, attribute, or property of a person or thing: to predicate the honesty of another's motives
- Logic to assert (something) about the subject of a proposition
- to affirm or base (something) on or upon given facts, arguments, conditions, etc.
- to imply or connote
Origin: Classical Latin praedicatus, past participle of praedicare: see preach
- Gram. the verb or verbal phrase, including any complements, objects, and modifiers, that is one of the two immediate constituents of a sentence and asserts something about the subject
- Logic something that is affirmed or denied about the subject of a proposition (Ex.: green in “grass is green”)
Origin: ML praedicatum, neut. of praedicatus: see predicatethe
predicate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb pred·i·cat·ed, pred·i·cat·ing, pred·i·cates verb, transitive
- To base or establish (a statement or action, for example): I predicated my argument on the facts.
- To state or affirm as an attribute or quality of something: The sermon predicated the perfectibility of humankind.
- To carry the connotation of; imply.
- Logic To make (a term or expression) the predicate of a proposition.
- To proclaim or assert; declare.
- Grammar One of the two main constituents of a sentence or clause, modifying the subject and including the verb, objects, or phrases governed by the verb, as opened the door in Jane opened the door or is very sleepy in The child is very sleepy.
- Logic That part of a proposition that is affirmed or denied about the subject. For example, in the proposition We are mortal, mortal is the predicate.
- Grammar Of or belonging to the predicate of a sentence or clause.
- Stated or asserted; predicated.
Origin: Late Latin praedicāre, praedicāt-, from Latin, to proclaim : prae-, pre- + dicāre, to proclaim; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
- predˌi·caˈtion noun
- predˌi·caˈtion·al adjective
- predˈi·caˌtive adjective
- predˈi·caˌtive·ly adverb
predicate - Computer Definition
In programming, a statement that evaluates an expression and provides a true or false answer based on the condition of the data.