predicate

  • 1 Predicate — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Predicate — or predication may refer to:*Predicate (mathematics), a relation, or the boolean valued characteristic function or indicator function of a relation *Predicate (logic), a fundamental concept in first order logic **in Bertrand Russell s theory of… …

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  • 3 predicate — [pred′i kāt΄; ] for n. [ & ] adj. [, pred′ikit] vt. predicated, predicating [L praedicatus, pp. of praedicare: see PREACH] 1. Obs. to proclaim; preach; declare; affirm 2. a) to affirm as a quality, attribute, or property of a person or thing …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 predicate — pred·i·cate 1 / pre də ˌkāt/ vt cat·ed, cat·ing: to set or ground on something: find a basis for usu. used with on if Mary s claim is predicated simply on John s duty of support W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al. pred·i·cate 2 / pre di kət/ adj: rela …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 Predicate — 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 predicate — and predict are distantly related but their meanings are distinct. The primary meaning of predict is ‘to foretell’, whereas the primary use of predicate is followed by on in the meaning ‘to found or base (on a principle or assumption)’: That s a… …

    Modern English usage

  • 7 predicate — ► NOUN 1) Grammar the part of a sentence or clause containing a verb and stating something about the subject (e.g. went home in John went home). 2) Logic something which is affirmed or denied concerning an argument of a proposition. ► VERB 1)… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 Predicate — Pred i*cate, a. [L. praedicatus, p. p.] Predicated. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 Predicate — Pred i*cate, v. i. To affirm something of another thing; to make an affirmation. Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10 predicate — (n.) 1530s, a term in logic, from L. praedicatum that which is said of the subject, properly neut. pp. of praedicare assert, proclaim, declare publicly, from prae forth, before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + dicare proclaim, from stem of dicere to speak …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 11 predicate — vb affirm, declare, profess, *assert, aver, protest, avouch, avow, warrant …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 12 predicate — A predicate is any expression that is capable of connecting with one or more singular terms to make a sentence. A predicate expresses a condition that the entities referred to may satisfy, in which case the resulting sentence will be true. For… …

    Philosophy dictionary

  • 13 predicate — I UK [ˈpredɪkət] / US noun [countable] Word forms predicate : singular predicate plural predicates linguistics the part of the sentence that contains the verb and its object or complements and gives more information about the subject, for example …

    English dictionary

  • 14 predicate — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin praedicatum, from neuter of praedicatus Date: 15th century 1. 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… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 predicate — v. (d; tr.) ( to base ) to predicate on, upon (to predicate a theory on certain facts) * * * [ predɪkeɪt] upon (to predicate a theory on certain facts) (d; tr.) ( to base ) to predicate on …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 16 predicate — predication, n. predicational, adj. predicative /pred i kay tiv, keuh /; Brit. /pri dik euh tiv/, adj. predicatively, adv. v. /pred i kayt /; adj., n. /pred i kit/, v., predicated, predicating …

    Universalium

  • 17 predicate —  verything in a sentence that is not part of the subject (i.e., the verb, its qualifiers and complements) is called the predicate. In The man went to town after work, The man is the subject and the rest of the sentence is the predicate. The verb… …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 18 predicate — pred•i•cate v. [[t]ˈprɛd ɪˌkeɪt[/t]] adj., n. [[t] kɪt[/t]] v. cat•ed, cat•ing, adj. n. 1) to proclaim; declare; affirm; assert 2) pho logic a) to affirm or assert (something) of the subject of a proposition b) to make (a term) the predicate of… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 predicate — pred|i|cate1 [ predıkət ] noun count LINGUISTICS the part of the sentence that contains the verb and its object or COMPLEMENTS and gives more information about the subject, for example was combing her hair in the sentence Francesca was combing… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 predicate — predicates, predicating, predicated (The noun is pronounced [[t]pre̱dɪkət[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]pre̱dɪkeɪt[/t]].) 1) N COUNT In some systems of grammar, the predicate of a clause is the part of it that is not the subject. For example,… …

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