Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “figurative”

See all translations

figurative

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈfɪɡ·jər·ə·t̬ɪv/ ( abbreviation fig.) us  
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.
figuratively
adverb  /ˈfɪɡ·jər·ə·t̬ɪv·li/ us  
Figuratively speaking, negotiators succeeded in building a bridge over a wide river in reaching this agreement.
(Definition of figurative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of figurative?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “figurative” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lamb

a young sheep, or the flesh of a young sheep eaten as meat

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More