- 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
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Examples from the Web for prophesying
Prophesying has always been a risky business, and will not be attempted here.American Men of Mind
Burton E. Stevenson
I could easily fall to prophesying, myself, when all is over.In Convent Walls
Emily Sarah Holt
Uncle Jabez had been prophesying disaster ever since she had known him.Ruth Fielding At College
Alice B. Emerson
She stared at me as blankly as if she had not been prophesying my doom a little while ago.The Chauffeur and the Chaperon
C. N. Williamson
It was the eerie singsong voice he used when he was prophesying for the tribe.Shaman
- 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 and History for prophesying
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.