[noun pres-ij; verb pres-ij, pri-seyj]


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.

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
Related formspres·age·ful, adjectivepres·age·ful·ly, adverbpres·ag·er, nounun·pres·aged, adjectiveun·pres·ag·ing, adjective

Synonyms for presage

1. foreshadowing, indication, premonition. 2. portent, sign, token. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formspresageful, 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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Word Origin and History for presage

late 14c., "something that portends," from Latin praesagium "a foreboding," from praesagire "to perceive beforehand, forebode," from praesagus (adj.) "perceiving beforehand, prophetic," from prae "before" (see pre-) + sagus "prophetic," related to sagire "perceive" (see sagacious).


1560s, from Middle French présager (16c.), from présage "omen," from Latin praesagium (see presage (n.)). Related: Presaged; presaging.

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