1. An indication or warning of a future occurrence; an omen.
2. A feeling or intuition of what is going to occur; a presentiment.
3. Prophetic significance or meaning.
4. Archaic A prediction.
v. (prĭ-sāj, prĕsĭj) pre·saged, pre·sag·ing, pre·sag·es
1. To indicate or warn of in advance; portend.
2. To have a presentiment of.
3. To foretell or predict.
To make or utter a prediction.
[Middle English, from Latin praesāgium, from praesāgīre, to perceive beforehand : prae-, pre- + sāgīre, to perceive; see sāg- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
pre·sageful (prĭ-sājfəl) adj.
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