prophesy

[ prof-uh-sahy ]
/ ˈprɒf əˌsaɪ /

verb (used with object), proph·e·sied, proph·e·sy·ing.

verb (used without object), proph·e·sied, proph·e·sy·ing.

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Origin of prophesy

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English; verb use of variant of the noun prophecy (fully distinguished in form and meaning in the 18th century)

synonym study for prophesy

1. See predict.

words often confused with prophesy

See prophecy.

OTHER WORDS FROM prophesy

proph·e·si·a·ble, adjectiveproph·e·si·er, nounun·proph·e·sied, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prophesy

prophecy, prophesy (see confusables note at prophecy).
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British Dictionary definitions for prophesy

prophesy
/ (ˈprɒfɪˌsaɪ) /

verb -sies, -sying or -sied

to reveal or foretell (something, esp a future event) by or as if by divine inspiration
(intr) archaic to give instruction in religious subjects

Derived forms of prophesy

prophesiable, adjectiveprophesier, noun

Word Origin for prophesy

C14 prophecien, from prophecy
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