predicate


predicate (http://definr.com/predicate)

     adj : (grammar) of adjectives; relating to or occurring within the
           predicate of a sentence; "`red' is a predicative
           adjective in `the apple is red'" [syn: predicative]
           [ant: attributive]
     n 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; "`Socrates is a man'
          predicates manhood of Socrates"
     2: (linguistics) one of the two main constituents of a
        sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its
        complements [syn: verb phrase]
     v 1: make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition; "The
          predicate 'dog' is predicated of the subject 'Fido' in
          the sentence 'Fido is a dog'"
     2: affirm or declare as an attribute or quality of; "The speech
        predicated the fitness of the candidate to be President"
        [syn: proclaim]
     3: involve as a necessary condition of consequence; as in
        logic; "solving the problem is predicated on understanding
        it well" [syn: connote]