pre·​sig·​ni·​fy (ˌ)prē-ˈsig-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce presignify (audio)
presignified; presignifying; presignifies

transitive verb

: to intimate or signify beforehand : presage

Word History


Latin praesignificare, from prae- + significare to signify

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of presignify was in 1586

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“Presignify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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