• (British) IPA: /ˈpɹɛsɪdʒ/, /pɹɪˈseɪdʒ/

presage (plural presages)

  1. A warning of a future event; an omen.
  2. An intuition of a future event; a presentiment.
    • 1855, Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”, XXII:
      Glad was I when I reached the other bank. / Now for a better country. Vain presage!
  • French: présage
  • Italian: presagio
  • Russian: предзнаменова́ние
  • Spanish: presagio
Translations Verb

presage (presages, present participle presaging; past and past participle presaged)

  1. (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: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:
      , 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 […]
  2. (intransitive) To make a prediction.
  3. (transitive) To have a presentiment of; to feel beforehand; to foreknow.

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