Simple Definition of prefigure
: to show or suggest (something that will happen or exist at a future time)
Full Definition of prefigure
1 : to show, suggest, or announce by an antecedent type, image, or likeness
2 : to picture or imagine beforehand
Examples of prefigure in a sentence
His style of painting prefigured the development of modern art.
<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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up prefigure? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).