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prefigure

[pree-fig-yer] /priˈfɪg yər/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin praefigūrāre. See pre-, figure (v.)
Related forms
prefigurative
[pree-fig-yer-uh-tiv] /priˈfɪg yər ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
prefiguratively, adverb
prefigurativeness, noun
prefigurement, noun
unprefigured, adjective
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Examples from the web for prefigure
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for prefigure

prefigure

/priːˈfɪɡə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to represent or suggest in advance
2.
to imagine or consider beforehand
Derived Forms
prefigurement, noun
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Word Origin and History for prefigure
v.

early 15c., from Late Latin praefigurare "to prefigure," from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + figurare "to form, shape," from figura "a shape, form, figure" (see figure (n.)). Related: Prefigured; prefiguring.

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