[ 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.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM prophesyproph·e·si·a·ble, adjectiveproph·e·si·er, nounun·proph·e·sied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for 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 prophesyprophesiable, adjectiveprophesier, noun
Word Origin for prophesy
C14 prophecien, from prophecy
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