Definition of predicate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    predicate

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpredɪkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpredɪkeɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they predicate
    BrE BrE//ˈpredɪkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpredɪkeɪt//
     
    he / she / it predicates
    BrE BrE//ˈpredɪkeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpredɪkeɪts//
     
    past simple predicated
    BrE BrE//ˈpredɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpredɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle predicated
    BrE BrE//ˈpredɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpredɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form predicating
    BrE BrE//ˈpredɪkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpredɪkeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[usually passive] predicate something on/upon something to base something on a particular belief, idea or principle Democracy is predicated upon the rule of law.
  2. 2predicate that… | predicate something to state that something is true The article predicates that the market collapse was caused by weakness of the dollar.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin praedicatum ‘something declared’, neuter of praedicatus ‘declared, proclaimed’, past participle of the verb praedicare, from prae ‘beforehand’ + dicare ‘make known’.
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