presignify

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin praesignificare, from prae (before) + significare (to signify).

Verb[edit]

presignify (third-person singular simple present presignifies, present participle presignifying, simple past and past participle presignified)

  1. (transitive) To intimate or signify beforehand; to presage.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, V.23:
      That owls and ravens are ominous appearers, and presignifying unlucky events, as Christians yet conceit, was also an augurial conception.