from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To imagine or picture to oneself in advance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To show or suggest ahead of time; to represent beforehand (often used in a Biblical context)
- v. To predict or foresee
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To show, suggest, or announce, by antecedent types and similitudes; to foreshadow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To represent beforehand; show by previous types or figures; foreshow; presage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. indicate by signs
- v. imagine or consider beforehand
Middle English prefiguren, from Old French prefigurer, from Late Latin praefigūrāre : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin figūrāre, to shape (from figūra, shape).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English prefiguren, from Latin praefigurare, from figurare ("to shape, picture"). (Wiktionary)