verb (used without object), scried, scry·ing.
  1. to use divination to discover hidden knowledge or future events, especially by means of a crystal ball.

Origin of scry

aphetic shortening of descry
Related formsscry·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb scries, scrying or scried
  1. (intr) to divine, esp by crystal gazing

Word Origin for scry

C16: from descry
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Word Origin and History for scry

"to see images in a crystal, water, etc., which reveal the past or forebode the future," 1520s, a shortening of descry (v.1). Related: Scried; scrying; scryer.

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