What does prophesy mean?

Definitions for prophesy
ˈprɒf əˌsaɪproph·esy

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prophesy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prophesy, vaticinate(verb)

    predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration

  2. preach, prophesy(verb)

    deliver a sermon

    "The minister is not preaching this Sunday"


  1. prophesy(Verb)

    To speak or write with divine inspiration; to act as prophet.

  2. prophesy(Verb)

    To predict, to foretell.

  3. prophesy(Verb)

    To speak out on the Bible as an expression of holy inspiration; to preach.

  4. Origin: Partly from prophecy, and partly from prophecier, prophesier, from prophecie.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prophesy(verb)

    to foretell; to predict; to prognosticate

  2. Prophesy(verb)

    to foreshow; to herald; to prefigure

  3. Prophesy(verb)

    to utter predictions; to make declaration of events to come

  4. Prophesy(verb)

    to give instruction in religious matters; to interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; to preach; to exhort; to expound

  5. Origin: [See Prophecy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prophesy

    prof′e-sī, v.t. to foretell: to predict.—v.i. (B.) to exhort: to expound religious subjects.—pa.t. and pa.p. proph′esīed.ns. Proph′esīer; Proph′esying. [s has been arbitrarily substituted for c, to distinguish the verb from the noun.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prophesy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prophesy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Cecilia Frosinini:

    This story about what Clarke did is a very moving one, It was like a prophesy of what we are trying to do now. We too are trying to preserve works of art for future generations.

  2. George Macaulay Trevelyan:

    History repeats itself and history never repeats itself are about equally trueWe never know enough about the infinitely complex circumstances of any past event to prophesy the future by analogy.

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