Meaning of “figurative” in the English Dictionary

"figurative" in British English

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uk /ˈfɪɡ.ər.ə.tɪv/ us /ˈfɪɡ.jɚ.ə.tɪv/

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 their basic meaning but to suggest part of that meaning:

literal and figurative meanings

art Figurative art is based on the shapes of real objects.

adverb us /ˈfɪɡ·jər·ə·t̬ɪv·li/

(Definition of “figurative” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)