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PREDICATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does predicate mean? 

PREDICATE (noun)
  The noun PREDICATE has 2 senses:

1. (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. one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements

  Familiarity information: PREDICATE used as a noun is rare.


PREDICATE (verb)
  The verb PREDICATE has 3 senses:

1. make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition
2. affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of
3. involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic

  Familiarity information: PREDICATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PREDICATE (noun)


Sense 1predicate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

'Socrates is a man' predicates manhood of Socrates

Hypernyms ("predicate" is a kind of...):

term (one of the substantive phrases in a logical proposition)

Domain category:

logic (the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference)


Sense 2predicate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

verb phrase; predicate

Hypernyms ("predicate" is a kind of...):

phrase (an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence)


PREDICATE (verb)


Sense 1predicate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The predicate 'dog' is predicated of the subject 'Fido' in the sentence 'Fido is a dog'

Hypernyms (to "predicate" is one way to...):

interrelate; relate (be in a relationship with)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2predicate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

predicate; proclaim

Context example:

The speech predicated the fitness of the candidate to be President

Hypernyms (to "predicate" is one way to...):

assert; asseverate; maintain (state categorically)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 3predicate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in logic

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

connote; predicate

Context example:

solving the problem is predicated on understanding it well

Hypernyms (to "predicate" is one way to...):

imply (suggest as a logically necessary consequence; in logic)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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