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1. An indication or warning of a future occurrence; an omen.
2. A feeling or intuition of what is going to occur; a presentiment.
3. Prophetic significance or meaning.
4. Archaic A prediction.
v. (prĭ-sāj′, prĕs′ĭj) pre·saged, pre·sag·ing, pre·sag·es
1. To indicate or warn of in advance; portend.
2. To have a presentiment of.
3. To foretell or predict.
To make or utter a prediction.
[Middle English, from Latin praesāgium, from praesāgīre, to perceive beforehand : prae-, pre- + sāgīre, to perceive; see sāg- in Indo-European roots.]
pre·sage′ful (prĭ-sāj′fəl) adj.
1. an intimation or warning of something about to happen; portent; omen
2. a sense of what is about to happen; foreboding
3. archaic a forecast or prediction
4. (tr) to have a presentiment of
5. (tr) to give a forewarning of; portend
6. (intr) to make a prediction
[C14: from Latin praesāgium presentiment, from praesāgīre to perceive beforehand, from sāgīre to perceive acutely]
pres•age(ˈprɛs ɪdʒ; v. also prɪˈseɪdʒ)
v. -aged, -ag•ing,
1. to portend; foreshadow: The incidents may presage war.
2. to forecast; predict.v.i.
3. to make a prediction.n.
4. presentiment; foreboding.
5. something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen.
6. prophetic significance; augury.
7. Archaic. a prediction.
[1350–1400; Middle English (n.) < Middle French < Latin praesāgium=praesāg(us) having a foreboding (prae- pre- + sāgus prophetic; compare sagacious) + -ium -ium1]
Past participle: presaged
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|Noun||1.||presage - a foreboding about what is about to happen|
|2.||presage - a sign of something about to happen; "he looked for an omen before going into battle"|
augury, foretoken, preindication, sign - an event that is experienced as indicating important things to come; "he hoped it was an augury"; "it was a sign from God"
auspice - a favorable omen
foreboding - an unfavorable omen
death knell - an omen of death or destruction
|Verb||1.||presage - indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news"|
augur, auspicate, bode, omen, portend, foreshadow, predict, prefigure, prognosticate, 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