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

Definition of prophesize

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 Sometimes the oracle had to come from Delphi to come into the center of town to prophesize. Jason Parham, WIRED, "How Oprah’s Network Finally Found Its Voice," 19 June 2018 For a time, only that passage, appearing to prophesize his death, could be found. Paul Stekler,, "King wanted the poor to reach 'the promised land.' His call remains unanswered," 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, "Weiss: Lessons in leadership," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of prophesize

1816, in the meaning defined above

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“Prophesize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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