to show or represent beforehand by a figure or type; foreshadow.
to picture or represent to oneself beforehand; imagine.
- pre·fig·ur·a·tive [pree-fig-yer-uh-tiv], /priˈfɪg yər ə tɪv/, adjective
- pre·fig·ur·a·tive·ly, adverb
- pre·fig·ur·a·tive·ness, noun
- pre·fig·ure·ment, noun
- un·pre·fig·ured, adjective
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How to use prefigure in a sentence
The querulous, interconnected pamphlets printed in seventeenth-century Europe prefigure the culture of modern blogging.
We must see him through some lenses—we must prefigure his immortality.Conflict of Northern and Southern Theories of Man and Society | Henry Ward Beecher
The friendships of young girls prefigure the closer relations which will one day come in and dissolve their earlier intimacies.A Mortal Antipathy | Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
He had tried feebly to prefigure this face, but never had his visioning approached the actual in its majestic, still beauty.Bunker Bean | Harry Leon Wilson
Let the fact of this great gift prefigure to us the august office of Woman.Modern Society | Julia Ward Howe
May it faintly prefigure the unending blackness of that eternal night you have chosen as your future portion.Ellen Walton | Alvin Addison
British Dictionary definitions for prefigure
to represent or suggest in advance
to imagine or consider beforehand
- prefigurement, noun
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