prefigure

[pree-fig-yer]
verb (used with object), prefigured, prefiguring.
1.
to show or represent beforehand by a figure or type; foreshadow.
2.
to picture or represent to oneself beforehand; imagine.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin praefigūrāre. See pre-, figure (v.)

prefigurative [pree-fig-yer-uh-tiv] , adjective
prefiguratively, adverb
prefigurativeness, noun
prefigurement, noun
unprefigured, adjective
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prefigure (priːˈfɪɡə)
 
vb
1.  to represent or suggest in advance
2.  to imagine or consider beforehand
 
pre'figurement
 
n

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Example sentences
Further, a release of the photos probably does not prefigure their display on cereal boxes.
But it did more than prefigure many similar actions almost two decades later.
But the rating agencies have lost several skirmishes in court that could prefigure disaster for them.
Many of his stories prefigure the genres of science fiction, horror, and fantasy so popular today.
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