Definition of prophesy verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

prophesy

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈprɒfəsaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːfəsaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prophesy
BrE BrE//ˈprɒfəsaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːfəsaɪ//
 
he / she / it prophesies
BrE BrE//ˈprɒfəsaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːfəsaɪz//
 
past simple prophesied
BrE BrE//ˈprɒfəsaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːfəsaɪd//
 
past participle prophesied
BrE BrE//ˈprɒfəsaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːfəsaɪd//
 
-ing form prophesying
BrE BrE//ˈprɒfəsaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːfəsaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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to say what will happen in the future (done in the past using religious or magic powers) prophesy something to prophesy war The event was prophesied in the Old Testament. prophesy that… She prophesied that she would win a gold medal. He prophesied that a flood would cover the Earth’s surface. + speech ‘It will end in disaster,’ he prophesied. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French profecier, from profecie via late Latin from Greek prophēteia, from prophētēs ‘spokesman’, from pro ‘before’ + phētēs ‘speaker’ (from phēnai ‘speak’).
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