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prae-dĭco , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a.
I. To cry in public, make known by crying in public, to publish, proclaim.
B. Transf.
1. In gen., to make publicly known, to announce, proclaim, to say, relate, state, declare (syn.: “moneo, ante denuntio,Cic. Verr. 1, 12, 36; 1, 15, 43; “class.): audes mihi praedicare id, Domi te esse?Plaut. Am. 2, 1, 11: “vera praedico,id. ib. 3, 2, 20: “aliam nunc mihi orationem despoliato praedicas, atque olim,you tell a different story, speak another language, id. As. 1, 3, 52: “utrum taceamne an praedicem?Ter. Eun. 4, 4, 53: “si quidem haec vera praedicat,id. And. 3, 1, 7.—With obj.-clause: “qui ingenti magnitudine corporum Germanos esse praedicabant,Caes. B. G. 1, 39; Sall. C. 48, 9; Caes. B. C. 3, 106, 4: “barbari paucitatemque nostrorum militum suis praedicaverunt,reported, id. B. G. 4, 34: “injuriam in eripiendis legionibus praedicat,displays, id. B. C. 1, 32, 6: “ut praedicas,as you assert, Cic. Cat. 1, 9, 23: “quod mihi praedicabas vitium, id tibi est,that you attribute to me, Plaut. Am. 1, 1, 249: “avus tuus tibi aediliciam praedicaret repulsam,would tell you of the repulse that P. Nasica suffered respecting the edileship, Cic. Planc. 21, 51.—
3. To preach the gospel (eccl. Lat.): “evangelium,Vulg. Matt. 4, 23: “baptismum,id. Marc. 1, 4; absol., id. Matt. 4, 17 et saep.—
II. For praedicere, to foretell, predict (eccl. Lat.): “persecutiones eos passuros praedicabat,Tert. Fug. in Persec. 6; so, “persecutiones praedicatae,id. ib. 12.
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