Definition of predicate:
the part of the sentence (or clause
) which states something about the subject; a statement
that may be true or false depending on the value
s of its variable
"in "The dog barked very loudly", the subject is "the dog" and the predicate is "barked very loudly"."
"1859: There was a character about Madame Defarge, from which one might have predicated that she did not often make mistakes against herself in any of the reckonings over which she presided. â€” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities"