verb (used with object), pre·fig·ured, pre·fig·ur·ing.
Examples from the Web for prefigure
The querulous, interconnected pamphlets printed in seventeenth-century Europe prefigure the culture of modern blogging.
The Germans prefigure this better age, and are leading the rest of the world into it.Egotism in German Philosophy|George Santayana
He felt that such a change as that might prefigure other changes still more painful and frightsome.The Squire of Sandal-Side|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
And now that she could begin to sit up it did prefigure recovery.A Little Girl in Old Salem|Amanda Minnie Douglas
There is no trace of a capillitium, unless a few occasional threads in the wall of Tubulina prefigure such a structure.The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio|A. P. Morgan
Joined eyebrows and lobeless ear have been held by learned folk to prefigure some temper, Wat!The Men of the Moss-Hags|S. R. Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for prefigure
Word Origin and History for prefigure
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.