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[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
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  • Wouldn't he have opened his eyes if any one had prophesied this?

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • They prophesied, that from the moment I began to be employed, I should rise rapidly.

  • Then he prophesied great things, if he would go along with him.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • And though I never once thought of Joe Kramer, he had prophesied aright.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • I have been the prophetess of evil, but I have prophesied too truly.

    The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
  • Every one liked him and prophesied his success in life and in the legal profession.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The prophesied gale held off, but the darkness shut in rapidly.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The stock, instead of goin' up, as you prophesied, went down.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
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
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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
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