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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.
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prefigure

(priːˈfɪɡə) or

prefigurate

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

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

verb
To give an indication of something in advance:
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Translations

prefigure

[priːˈfɪgəʳ] VTprefigurar
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prefigure

[ˌpriːˈfɪgər] vtpréfigurer
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prefigure

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

[priːˈfɪgəʳ] vt (Art) → prefigurare
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Under the charm of her new pleasures, Maggie herself was ceasing to think, with her eager prefiguring imagination, of her future lot; and her anxiety about her first interview with Philip was losing its predominance; perhaps, unconsciously to herself, she was not sorry that the interview had been deferred.
The hero, the wonderful young Parisian in whom the romantic and the scientific temperaments were so strangely blended, became to him a kind of prefiguring type of himself.
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Westin's ideas transformed the meaning of privacy, leading to a spate of privacy laws in the 1970s, as well as prefiguring the arguments over privacy that have come to dominate the internet era.
Part one presents several essays probing the beginnings of the oil industry, including the prefiguring whale-oil culture, the odd spiritualism illustrated by Abraham James, and the introduction of oil into public art.
The Deputy said March 8 camp hastened to let topple Saad Hariri' s cabinet without prefiguring the complexity of the current political stage which is still bogging down the formation of new cabinet, especially with the outbreak of tumult across Arab countries.
While closer inspection of the text reveals important departures from Kant, as well as a prefiguring of Fichte's own 'critical' system, the Wissenschaftslere, this text is important both historically and in its own right as an attempt to investigate religion from a transcendental standpoint.
A&C's roving eye didn't catch the consecration of Sigmar Polke's window's for Zurich Grossmunster in 2009 but can still commend this highly original ensemble of decorative agate windows (seven in all) opposed with five figurative stained glass windows of Old Testament narratives prefiguring Christ's birth (the subject of Abert Giacometti's 1933 windows in the choir).
Bronte's social conscience was ahead of its time, and her partly autobiographical first novel amply illustrates that, while also prefiguring her later work.
Among them were a few undated color pictures of landscapes, prefiguring those of Jack Pierson by at least a decade and a half.