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English definition of “figurative”


adjective [not gradable]    /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 . figuratively    /ˈfɪɡ·jər·ə·t̬ɪv·li/ adverb Figuratively speaking , negotiators succeeded in building a bridge over a wide river in reaching this agreement .
(Definition of figurative adjective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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