[ prof-uh-sahy ]
/ ˈprɒf əˌsaɪ /
verb (used with object), proph·e·sied, proph·e·sy·ing.
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), proph·e·sied, proph·e·sy·ing.
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.
foretell, presage, portend, foresee, predict, forewarn, adumbrate, forecast, vaticinate, call, augur, prognosticate, divine, soothsay
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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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/ (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
Word Origin for prophesy
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
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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