proph·​e·​size ˈprä-fə-ˌsīz How to pronounce prophesize (audio)
prophesized; prophesizing; prophesizes

transitive + intransitive

: prophesy
Others say he could prophesize the future …Jerome R. Corsi
Female spiritual leaders … have prophesized the dawning of a new religion …Women's Realities, Women's Choices
The gurus of those times prophesized the coming of a god-man who was loving, forgiving, and merciful, and who had powers of the mind hitherto unknown to men …Walter Prytulak
He dares not prophesize or hypothesize on heaven and hell.Greg Barrett
… he started prophesizing to me about things that would happen in my life, and I was blown away.Neil Cavuto
"I think they're going to kick their butts …" she prophesized an hour before kick-off.Gene O'Donnell

Examples of prophesize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whyte warned that this cohort was becoming an increasingly dominant force in American society and prophesized a soulless culture lacking in independence, risk-taking, and progress. Rachel Ventresca, Fortune, 23 Apr. 2023 Before helping launch Intel with colleague Robert Noyce in 1968, Moore had prophesized exponential growth in semiconductor technology. oregonlive, 24 Mar. 2023 Trust your dead flashback wife to prophesize an alien defense strategy. Darren Franich,, 8 Feb. 2023 Still, Wright disagrees with those who prophesize that Ye’s close relationship with Owens will permanently knock him out of the good graces of the American public. Ashley Fetters Maloy, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2018 And on his first album in four years, the Virginia native continues to prophesize the perils of coke rap with impeccable precision. Spin Staff, SPIN, 7 June 2022 Sometimes the oracle had to come from Delphi to come into the center of town to prophesize. Jason Parham, WIRED, 19 June 2018 For a time, only that passage, appearing to prophesize his death, could be found. Paul Stekler,, 3 Apr. 2018 Moshe on the other hand, suggests that Eldad and Medad and all others be given the chance to prophesize. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, 10 July 2017 See More

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Word History


prophecy + -ize, with s after prophesy

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prophesize was in 1816

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“Prophesize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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