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metaphornoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈmet.ə.fɔːr/  us   /ˈmet̬.ə.fɔːr/
(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.
metaphorical
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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