Definition of prefigure
1 : to show, suggest, or announce by an antecedent type, image, or likeness
2 : to picture or imagine beforehand
prefigurementplay \-mənt\ noun
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
Recent Examples of prefigure from the Web
Breaking away to protect slave owners The formation of the SBC prefigured the secession of the Southern states 16 years later.
Netroots activists pushed the Democrats to the left, helped the party retake Congress in 2006, and prefigured Obama’s use of social media.
Ms. Palin, whose slashing, populist-in-pumps political style prefigured Mr. Trump’s economic nationalist message, bonded with the president, another former reality TV star.
The story of Noah’s ark prefigures many modern fantasies of interstellar colonization.
Magnetic wheels mean that the surface can be a floor, wall, or ceiling, prefiguring a future where these contraptions might crawl on the walls of theme park attractions.
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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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