transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin praefigurare, from Latin prae- pre- + figurare to shape, picture, from figura figure Date: 15th century 1. to show, suggest, or announce by an antecedent type, image, or likeness 2. to picture or imagine beforehand ; foreseeprefigurement noun

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  • Prefigure — Pre*fig ure (?; 135), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prefigured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prefiguring}.] [F. pr[ e]figurer, or L. praefigurare, praefiguratum; prae before + figurare to figure. See {Figure}, and cf. {Prefigurate}.] To show, suggest, or announce,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prefigure — index forewarn, portend, presage, presuppose Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • prefigure — early 15c., from L.L. praefigurare, from prae “before” (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + figurare (see FIGURE (Cf. figure)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • prefigure — ► VERB 1) be an early indication or version of. 2) archaic imagine beforehand. DERIVATIVES prefiguration noun prefigurative adjective prefigurement noun …   English terms dictionary

  • prefigure — [prē fig′yər, prē fig′yoor] vt. prefigured, prefiguring [ME prefiguren < LL(Ec) praefigurare < L prae , PRE + figurare, to fashion: see FIGURE] 1. to suggest beforehand; be an antecedent figure or type of; foreshadow 2. to picture to… …   English World dictionary

  • prefigure — UK [priːˈfɪɡə(r)] / US [prɪˈfɪɡjər] verb [transitive] Word forms prefigure : present tense I/you/we/they prefigure he/she/it prefigures present participle prefiguring past tense prefigured past participle prefigured formal to have qualities that… …   English dictionary

  • prefigure — prefigurative /pree fig yeuhr euh tiv/, adj. prefiguratively, adv. prefigurativeness, n. prefigurement, n. /pree fig yeuhr/, v.t., prefigured, prefiguring. 1. to show or represent beforehand by a figure or type; foreshadow. 2. to picture or… …   Universalium

  • prefigure — verb /priːfɪɡjɚ/ a) To show or suggest ahead of time; to represent beforehand b) To predict or foresee Syn: presage, portend …   Wiktionary

  • prefigure — Synonyms and related words: adumbrate, assume, augur, be afraid, believe, betoken, body forth, cast a horoscope, cast a nativity, conceive, conclude, consider, daresay, deduce, deem, demonstrate, divine, dope, dope out, dowse for water, dream,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • prefigure — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. presage (see prediction); imagine, envisage. See imagination. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. symbolize, signify, indicate; see mean 1 . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To give an indication of something… …   English dictionary for students

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