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prefigure

[ pree-fig-yer ]
/ priˈfɪg yər /
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verb (used with object), pre·fig·ured, pre·fig·ur·ing.

to show or represent beforehand by a figure or type; foreshadow.
to picture or represent to oneself beforehand; imagine.

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Origin of prefigure

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

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British Dictionary definitions for prefigure

prefigure
/ (priːˈfɪɡə) /

verb (tr)

to represent or suggest in advance
to imagine or consider beforehand

Derived forms of prefigure

prefigurement, noun
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