What does prefigure mean?

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priˈfɪg yərpre·fig·ure

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prefigureverb

    imagine or consider beforehand

    "It wasn't as bad as I had prefigured"

  2. bode, portend, auspicate, prognosticate, omen, presage, betoken, foreshadow, augur, foretell, prefigure, forecast, predictverb

    indicate by signs

    "These signs bode bad news"


  1. prefigureverb

    To show or suggest ahead of time; to represent beforehand

    Etymology: From prefiguren, from praefigurare, from figurare.

  2. prefigureverb

    To predict or foresee

    Etymology: From prefiguren, from praefigurare, from figurare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prefigureverb

    to show, suggest, or announce, by antecedent types and similitudes; to foreshadow

    Etymology: [F. prfigurer, or L. praefigurare, praefiguratum; prae before + figurare to figure. See Figure, and cf. Prefigurate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prefigure

    prē-fig′ūr, v.t. to represent beforehand: to suggest by former types or figures.—ns. Prefigurā′tion, Prefig′urement.—adj. Prefig′urātive, showing by previous figures, types, or similitudes.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prefigure in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prefigure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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