figurative Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “figurative” in the English Dictionary

"figurative" in British English

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figurativeadjective

uk   /ˈfɪɡ.ər.ə.tɪv/  us   /-ɚ.ə.t̬ɪv/

figurative adjective (LANGUAGE)

(written abbreviation fig.) (of words and ​phrases) used not with ​theirbasicmeaning but with a more imaginativemeaning, in ​order to ​create a ​specialeffect: Of ​course, she was using the ​term "​massacre" in the figurative ​sense.
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figurative adjective (ART)

(of a ​painting, ​drawing, etc.) ​representing something as it really ​looks, ​rather than in an abstract way
(Definition of figurative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"figurative" in American English

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figurativeadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈfɪɡ·jər·ə·t̬ɪv/ (abbreviation fig.)
English (of words and ​phrases) used not with ​theirbasicmeaning but to ​suggestpart of that ​meaning: literal and figurative meanings art Figurative ​art is ​based on the ​shapes of ​realobjects.
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adverb  us   /ˈfɪɡ·jər·ə·t̬ɪv·li/
Figuratively ​speaking, ​negotiatorssucceeded in ​building a ​bridge over a ​wideriver in ​reaching this ​agreement.
(Definition of figurative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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