[ noun pres-ij; verb pres-ij, pri-seyj ]
/ noun ˈprɛs ɪdʒ; verb ˈprɛs ɪdʒ, prɪˈseɪdʒ /


verb (used with object), pres·aged, pres·ag·ing.

verb (used without object), pres·aged, pres·ag·ing.

to make a prediction.
Archaic. to have a presentiment.


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Origin of presage

1350–1400; Middle English (noun) < Middle French presage < Latin praesāgium presentiment, forewarning, equivalent to praesāg(us) having a foreboding (prae- pre- + sāgus prophetic; cf. sagacious) + -ium -ium

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British Dictionary definitions for presage


noun (ˈprɛsɪdʒ)

an intimation or warning of something about to happen; portent; omen
a sense of what is about to happen; foreboding
archaic a forecast or prediction

verb (ˈprɛsɪdʒ, prɪˈseɪdʒ)

(tr) to have a presentiment of
(tr) to give a forewarning of; portend
(intr) to make a prediction

Derived forms of presage

presageful, adjectivepresagefully, adverbpresager, noun

Word Origin for presage

C14: from Latin praesāgium presentiment, from praesāgīre to perceive beforehand, from sāgīre to perceive acutely
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