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