Definition of prefigure verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

prefigure

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˌpriˈfɪɡyər//
 
prefigure something(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prefigure
 
he / she / it prefigures
 
past simple prefigured
 
-ing form prefiguring
 
 
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to suggest or show something that will happen in the future These early paintings clearly prefigure his later work.
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