What does the word predicate mean?

Usage examples for predicate

  1. As he utters the words, nay, as he thinks them, the predicate ceases to be applicable; the present has become the past; the " is" should be " was." – Aphorisms and Reflections from the works of T. H. Huxley by Thomas Henry Huxley
  2. A verb should agree in number with the subject, not with a predicate noun. – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones