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predicate

verb [T]     /ˈpred.ɪ.keɪt/ formal
to say that something is true: [+ that] It would be unwise to predicate that the disease is caused by a virus before further tests have been carried out.Announcing, informing and stating be predicated on sth If an idea or argument is predicated on something, it depends on the existence or truth of this thing: The sales forecast is predicated on the assumption that the economy will grow by four percent.Being based on or depending on something
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