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prefigure

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verb pre·fig·ure \ˌprē-ˈfi-gyər, especially British -ˈfi-gər\

Simple Definition of prefigure

  • : to show or suggest (something that will happen or exist at a future time)

Full Definition of prefigure

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to show, suggest, or announce by an antecedent type, image, or likeness

  3. 2 :  to picture or imagine beforehand

pre·fig·ure·ment play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of prefigure

  1. His style of painting prefigured the development of modern art.

  2. <the first crocus traditionally prefigures the arrival of spring>



Origin of prefigure

Middle English, from Late Latin praefigurare, from Latin prae- pre- + figurare to shape, picture, from figura figure


First Known Use: 15th century



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