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English definition of “figuratively”

figuratively

adverb uk   /ˈfɪɡ.ər.ə.tɪv.li/ us    /-ɚ.ə.t̬ɪv-/
in a way that uses words and phrases with a more imaginative meaning than usual: Figuratively speaking, it was a blow right between the eyes (= it was a bad shock).Figurative use of language
(Definition of figuratively from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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