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pres·age / ˈpresij; priˈsāj/ • v. [tr.] (of an event) be a sign or warning that (something, typically something bad) will happen: the outcome of the game presaged the coming year. ∎ archaic (of a person) predict: lands he could measure, terms and tides presage.• n. a sign or warning that something, typically something bad, will happen; an omen or portent: the fever was a somber presage of his final illness. ∎ archaic a feeling of presentiment or foreboding: he had a strong presage that he had only a very short time to live.DERIVATIVES: pres·ag·er n. ( archaic )

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