prefigure


pre·fig·ure

verb \ˌprē-ˈfi-gyər, especially British -ˈfi-gər\

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

Full Definition of PREFIGURE

transitive verb
1
:  to show, suggest, or announce by an antecedent type, image, or likeness
2
:  to picture or imagine beforehand
pre·fig·ure·ment \-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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