metaphor Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"metaphor" in British English

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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 ​similarcharacteristics 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 ​everydaylanguage.
(Definition of metaphor from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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metaphornoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈmet̬·əˌfɔr, -fər/
literature an ​expression that ​describes a ​person or ​object by referring to something that is ​considered to ​possesssimilar characteristics: [C] "A ​heart of ​stone" is a metaphor.
adjective  us   /ˌmet̬·əˈfɔr·ɪ·kəl, -ˈfɑr-/
metaphorical ​expressions
(Definition of metaphor from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “metaphor”
in Spanish metáfora…
in Vietnamese phép ẩn dụ…
in Malaysian metafora…
in Thai คำอุปมา…
in French métaphore…
in German die Metapher…
in Chinese (Simplified) 隐喻, 暗喻…
in Turkish mecaz, benzetme…
in Russian метафора…
in Indonesian metafora…
in Chinese (Traditional) 隱喻, 暗喻…
in Polish metafora, przenośnia…
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