Etymology
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prefigure (v.)

"represent beforehand, foreshadow, serve as a type of," early 15c., prefiguren, from Old French prefigurer and directly from Late Latin praefigurare "to prefigure," from Latin prae "before" (see pre-) + figurare "to form, shape," from figura "a shape, form, figure" (from PIE root *dheigh- "to form, build"). Related: Prefigured; prefiguring.

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Definitions of prefigure

prefigure (v.)
imagine or consider beforehand;
It wasn't as bad as I had prefigured
prefigure (v.)
indicate, as with a sign or an omen;
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