Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[prof-uh-sahy] /ˈprɒf əˌsaɪ/
verb (used with object), prophesied, prophesying.
to foretell or predict.
to indicate beforehand.
to declare or foretell by or as if by divine inspiration.
to utter in prophecy or as a prophet.
verb (used without object), prophesied, prophesying.
to make predictions.
to make inspired declarations of what is to come.
to speak as a mediator between God and humankind or in God's stead.
Archaic. to teach religious subjects.
Origin of prophesy
1350-1400; Middle English; v. use of variant of prophecy (fully distinguished in form and meaning in the 18th century)
Related forms
prophesiable, adjective
prophesier, noun
unprophesied, adjective
Can be confused
prophecy, prophesy.
1. augur, prognosticate. See predict. 3. divine. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for prophesied
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • "He'll sing another tune if we have to come down to cocoanuts and sea worms," I prophesied.

    Pirates' Hope Francis Lynde
  • As Diana had prophesied, the intermediates came in for no luck.

  • Eunus had, while yet a slave, prophesied that he should become king.

    A Smaller History of Rome William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
  • First suffering, then mortgage, then foreclosure and eviction, he prophesied.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • It had, indeed, often been prophesied that his death was at hand; and the prophets had hitherto been mistaken.

  • "Something'll come of the dumbness," he prophesied to himself.

    Red Pepper Burns Grace S. Richmond
  • He, Cassandra-like, prophesied that the town was too nice and we would be moved soon.

    Average Americans Theodore Roosevelt
  • Why stare ye as had I prophesied to you that the skies were going to fall?

    The Bravo of Venice Heinrich Zschokke
British Dictionary definitions for prophesied


verb -sies, -sying, -sied
to reveal or foretell (something, esp a future event) by or as if by divine inspiration
(intransitive) (archaic) to give instruction in religious subjects
Derived Forms
prophesiable, adjective
prophesier, noun
Word Origin
C14 prophecien, from prophecy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for prophesied



mid-14c., prophecein, prophesein, from Old French prophecier (13c.), from prophecie (see prophecy). The noun and verb spellings were not fully differentiated until 18c. Related: Prophesied; prophesying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for prophesy

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for prophesied

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for prophesied