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English definition of “prefigure”

prefigure

verb [T] uk   /priːˈfɪɡ.ər/ us    /-jɚ/ formal
to show or suggest that something will happen in the future: His paintings prefigure the development of perspective in Renaissance art.Predicting things and intuition
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