from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To reveal by divine inspiration.
- transitive v. To predict with certainty as if by divine inspiration. See Synonyms at foretell.
- transitive v. To prefigure; foreshow.
- intransitive v. To reveal the will or message of God.
- intransitive v. To predict the future as if by divine inspiration.
- intransitive v. To speak as a prophet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To foretell; to predict; to prognosticate.
- transitive v. To foreshow; to herald; to prefigure.
- intransitive v. To utter predictions; to make declaration of events to come.
- intransitive v. To give instruction in religious matters; to interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; to preach; to exhort; to expound.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To predict; foretell; foreshow. See prophet.
- To speak by divine inspiration; utter or tell as prophet.
- To utter predictions; foretell future events.
- To interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; preach; exhort.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration
- v. deliver a sermon
Middle English prophecien, from Old French prophecier, from prophecie, prophecy; see prophecy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Partly from prophecy, and partly from Middle French prophecier, prophesier, from prophecie ("prophecy"). (Wiktionary)