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metaphornoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈmet.ə.fɔːr/  us   /ˈmet̬.ə.fɔːr/
C2 an expression, often found in literature, that describes a person or object by referring to something that is considered to have similar characteristics to that person or object: "The mind is an ocean" and "the city is a jungle" are both metaphors. Metaphor and simile are the most commonly used figures of speech in everyday language.
Translations of “metaphor”
in Vietnamese phép ẩn dụ…
in Spanish metáfora…
in Thai คำอุปมา…
in Malaysian metafora…
in French métaphore…
in German die Metapher…
in Chinese (Traditional) 隱喻, 暗喻…
in Indonesian metafora…
in Russian метафора…
in Turkish mecaz, benzetme…
in Chinese (Simplified) 隐喻, 暗喻…
in Polish metafora, przenośnia…
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