prefigure

verb pre·fig·ure \ ˌprē-ˈfi-gyər , especially British -ˈfi-gə \
Updated on: 17 Apr 2018

Definition of prefigure

1 : to show, suggest, or announce by an antecedent type, image, or likeness
2 : to picture or imagine beforehand

prefigurement

play \ˌprē-ˈfi-gyər-mənt, especially British -ˈfi-gə-\ noun

Examples of prefigure in a Sentence

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

  2. the first crocus traditionally prefigures the arrival of spring

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Origin and Etymology of prefigure

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


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Definition of prefigure for English Language Learners

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



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