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presage (plural presages)
- A warning of a future event; an omen.
- An intuition of a future event; a presentiment.
- (transitive) To predict or foretell something.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:(Q2 version):
- If I may truſt the flattering truth of ſleepe, / My dreames preſage ſome ioyfull newes at hand : / My boſomes L. ſits lightly in his throne : / And all this day an vnaccuſtom’d ſpirit, / Lifts me aboue the ground with cheatfull thoughts […]
- 2012 November 7, Matt Bai, “Winning a second term, Obama will confront familiar headwinds”, in The New York Times:
- That brief moment after the election four years ago, when many Americans thought Mr. Obama’s election would presage a new, less fractious political era, now seems very much a thing of the past.
- (intransitive) To make a prediction.
- (transitive) To have a presentiment of; to feel beforehand; to foreknow.
to predict or foretell something
to have a presentiment of
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