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predicate /ˈprɛdəˌkeɪt/  

  • verb
    -cates; -cated; -cating
    [+ obj] formal :to base (something) on or upon something else - usually used as (be) predicated
    plural -cates
    [count] grammar :the part of a sentence that expresses what is said about the subject
    In the sentence The child threw the ballthe subject is the child and the predicate is threw the ball.
    always used before a noun
    grammar :used after a linking verb to describe a noun that comes before the verb
    In the sun is hothot is a predicate adjective. - compare attributive