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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

Etymologies

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)

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