prefigure[prē fig′yər, -yo̵or]
prefigure definition by Webster's New World
- to suggest beforehand; be an antecedent figure or type of; foreshadow
- to picture to oneself, or imagine, beforehand
Origin: Middle English prefiguren ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin praefigurare ; from Classical Latin prae-, pre- plush figurare, to fashion: see figure
prefigure definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb pre·fig·ured, pre·fig·ur·ing, pre·fig·ures
- 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 20th century.
- To imagine or picture to oneself in advance.
Origin: 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·figˈur·a·tive adjective
- pre·figˈur·a·tive·ly adverb
- pre·figˈure·ment noun