- 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.
- 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)
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1. augur, prognosticate. See predict. 3. divine.
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- to reveal or foretell (something, esp a future event) by or as if by divine inspiration
- (intr) archaic to give instruction in religious subjects
C14 prophecien, from prophecy
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Word Origin and History for prophesy
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.
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