[ 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.

Origin of prophesy

1350–1400; Middle English; v. use of variant of prophecy (fully distinguished in form and meaning in the 18th century)


3 divine.

Related forms

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

Can be confused

prophecy prophesy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prophesying


/ (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

prophesiable, adjectiveprophesier, noun

Word Origin for prophesy

C14 prophecien, from prophecy
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