prefigure

  • 1 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

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

    Law dictionary

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

    Etymology dictionary

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 prefigure — 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… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8 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

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

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  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 prefigure — pre|fig|ure [ˌpri:ˈfıgə US gjər] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Late Latin; Origin: praefigurare, from Latin figurare to shape, picture ] formal to be a sign that something will happen later …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 prefigure — pre|fig|ure [ pri fıgjər ] verb transitive FORMAL to have qualities that represent or suggest something that is going to happen or exist later …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 prefigure — [[t]pri͟ːfɪ̱gə(r), AM gjər[/t]] prefigures, prefiguring, prefigured VERB If one thing prefigures another, it is a first indication which suggests or determines that the second thing will happen. [FORMAL] [V n] The wall through Berlin was finally… …

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  • 15 prefigure — prɪː fɪgjÉ™r / fɪgÉ™ v. imagine in advance, picture beforehand; represent in advance, depict ahead of time …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 16 prefigure — verb 1》 be an early indication or version of. 2》 archaic imagine beforehand. Derivatives prefiguration noun prefigurative adjective prefigurement noun Origin ME: from eccles. L. praefigurare represent beforehand , from prae before + figurare to… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 prefigure — v. a. Foreshow, foretoken, betoken, foreshadow, portend, signify, indicate …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 18 prefigure — verb (T) formal to be a sign that shows that something will happen later prefiguration noun (C, U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 prefigure — v 1. foreshadow, foreshow, foretoken, forecast, adumbrate; omen, portend, augur; presage, preindicate, presignify, pretypify. 2. imagine, picture, fancy, consider; presuppose, presurmise …

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  • 20 prefigure — pre·figure …

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