- To prophesy is to predict the future as if by divine inspiration.
When a fortune teller says what is going to happen next year, this is an example ofprophesy.
transitive verbprophesied, prophesying
- to declare or predict (something) by or as by the influence of divine guidance
- to predict (a future event) in any way
- Rare to foreshadow
Origin of prophesyMiddle English prophecien ; from Middle French prophecier ; from prophecie: see prophecy
- to speak as a prophet; utter or make prophecies
- Rare to teach religious matters; preach
verbproph·e·sied , proph·e·sy·ing , proph·e·sies
- To reveal by divine inspiration.
- To predict the future with certainty. See Synonyms at foretell.
- To prefigure or foreshadow: “The wind was in the east, and the clouds prophesied rain” (Jacob Riis).
- To reveal the will or message of God; speak or write as a prophet.
- To predict future events; make predictions.
Origin of prophesyMiddle English prophecien, from Old French prophecier, from prophecie, prophecy; see prophecy.
(third-person singular simple present prophesies, present participle prophesying, simple past and past participle prophesied)