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pre sij

  • n  a foreboding about what is about to happen
  • n  a sign of something about to happen
  • v  indicate by signs

  • Economic indicators presage more gloom, with electricity production for industry falling 4% in October, the first time it has declined in a decade.
  • What happens in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, could presage the direction other Islamic societies take.
  • Don't count on that happening forever--today's jitters do probably presage something worse.

  • Ben Bernanke in Bloomberg
    Risk-management considerations also played a role in the decision, given the possibility that the housing correction and tighter credit could presage broader weakening in economic conditions that would be difficult to arrest,Bernanke said.
  • President Roh in USA Today
    Let me stress that any reform plan we arrive at should serve to facilitate harmony among nations, rather than presage another variant of great power politics,Roh said.
  • Edward Markey in Boston Globe (registration)
    On the summit . . . we will have a spectacular view of a state that is concerned about its tourist industry, a shorter ski season, changing foliage, and intense weather events which presage serious economic consequences if we don't act,Markey...

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