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pre·fig·ure

 (prē-fĭg′yər)
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.
pre·fig′ur·a·tive·ly adv.
pre·fig′ure·ment n.

prefigure

(priːˈfɪɡə) or

prefigurate

vb (tr)
1. to represent or suggest in advance
2. to imagine or consider beforehand
preˈfigurement n

pre•fig•ure

(priˈfɪg yər)

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.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin praefigūrāre. See pre-, figure (v.)]
pre•fig′ur•a•tive, adj.
pre•fig′ure•ment, n.

prefigure


Past participle: prefigured
Gerund: prefiguring

Imperative
prefigure
prefigure
Present
I prefigure
you prefigure
he/she/it prefigures
we prefigure
you prefigure
they prefigure
Preterite
I prefigured
you prefigured
he/she/it prefigured
we prefigured
you prefigured
they prefigured
Present Continuous
I am prefiguring
you are prefiguring
he/she/it is prefiguring
we are prefiguring
you are prefiguring
they are prefiguring
Present Perfect
I have prefigured
you have prefigured
he/she/it has prefigured
we have prefigured
you have prefigured
they have prefigured
Past Continuous
I was prefiguring
you were prefiguring
he/she/it was prefiguring
we were prefiguring
you were prefiguring
they were prefiguring
Past Perfect
I had prefigured
you had prefigured
he/she/it had prefigured
we had prefigured
you had prefigured
they had prefigured
Future
I will prefigure
you will prefigure
he/she/it will prefigure
we will prefigure
you will prefigure
they will prefigure
Future Perfect
I will have prefigured
you will have prefigured
he/she/it will have prefigured
we will have prefigured
you will have prefigured
they will have prefigured
Future Continuous
I will be prefiguring
you will be prefiguring
he/she/it will be prefiguring
we will be prefiguring
you will be prefiguring
they will be prefiguring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been prefiguring
you have been prefiguring
he/she/it has been prefiguring
we have been prefiguring
you have been prefiguring
they have been prefiguring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been prefiguring
you will have been prefiguring
he/she/it will have been prefiguring
we will have been prefiguring
you will have been prefiguring
they will have been prefiguring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been prefiguring
you had been prefiguring
he/she/it had been prefiguring
we had been prefiguring
you had been prefiguring
they had been prefiguring
Conditional
I would prefigure
you would prefigure
he/she/it would prefigure
we would prefigure
you would prefigure
they would prefigure
Past Conditional
I would have prefigured
you would have prefigured
he/she/it would have prefigured
we would have prefigured
you would have prefigured
they would have prefigured
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.prefigure - imagine or consider beforehand; "It wasn't as bad as I had prefigured"
conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine - form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case; "Can you conceive of him as the president?"
2.prefigure - indicate by signsprefigure - indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news"
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

prefigure

verb foreshadow, suggest, indicate, intimate, presage, portend, shadow forth, adumbrate, foretoken The party says his departure did not prefigure a major policy shift.

prefigure

verb
To give an indication of something in advance:
Translations

prefigure

[priːˈfɪgəʳ] VTprefigurar

prefigure

[ˌpriːˈfɪgər] vtpréfigurer

prefigure

vt (= indicate)anzeigen, ankündigen; (= imagine beforehand)sich (dat)ausmalen

prefigure

[priːˈfɪgəʳ] vt (Art) → prefigurare
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