prefigure

[ pree-fig-yer ]
/ priˈfɪg yər /

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.

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 Formsprefigurement, noun
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Word Origin and History for prefigure

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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