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tr.v. pre·fig·ured, pre·fig·ur·ing, pre·fig·ures
1. To suggest, indicate, or represent by an antecedent form or model; presage or foreshadow: The paintings of Paul Cézanne prefigured the rise of cubism in the early 1900s.
2. Archaic To imagine in advance.
[Middle English prefiguren, from Old French prefigurer, from Late Latin praefigūrāre : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin figūrāre, to shape (from figūra, shape; see dheigh- in Indo-European roots).]
pre·fig′ur·a·tive (-fĭg′yər-ə-tĭv) adj.
1. to represent or suggest in advance
2. to imagine or consider beforehand
v.t. -ured, -ur•ing.
1. to show or represent beforehand by a figure or type; foreshadow.
2. to picture or represent to oneself beforehand; imagine.
Past participle: prefigured
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|Verb||1.||prefigure - imagine or consider beforehand; "It wasn't as bad as I had prefigured"|
|2.||prefigure - indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news"|
augur, auspicate, bode, foreshadow, omen, portend, presage, prognosticate, predict, betoken, forecast, foretell
threaten - to be a menacing indication of something:"The clouds threaten rain"; "Danger threatens"
bespeak, betoken, indicate, signal, point - be a signal for or a symptom of; "These symptoms indicate a serious illness"; "Her behavior points to a severe neurosis"; "The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued"
foreshow - foretell by divine inspiration