Definition of prefigure verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

prefigure

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈfɪɡə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈfɪɡjər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prefigure
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈfɪɡə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈfɪɡjər//
 
he / she / it prefigures
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈfɪɡəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈfɪɡjərz//
 
past simple prefigured
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈfɪɡəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈfɪɡjərd//
 
past participle prefigured
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈfɪɡəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈfɪɡjərd//
 
-ing form prefiguring
BrE BrE//ˌpriːˈfɪɡərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːˈfɪɡjərɪŋ//
 
 
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prefigure something (formal) to suggest or show something that will happen in the future These early paintings clearly prefigure his later work. Word Origin late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin praefigurare ‘represent beforehand’, from prae ‘before’ + figurare ‘to form, fashion’.
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