Definition - The part of a sentence or clause that says something about the subject.
Note: Predicates must contain a verb.

Example -
In the following, the predicate is bolded:
(1) She sings.
(2) Jack listened to the CD.

Etymology -
The word derives from the Latin prædicatum, that which is said of the subject (from præ, before + dicare, proclaim).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation in its grammatical sense is from 1638:
"Thus much of the Subject, ‘The Righteous’: Now I come to the Predicate, ‘shall be in everlasting remembrance’."
(Mede Wks. (1672) 81)

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