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metonymynoun [U]

uk   /metˈɒn.ə.mi/  us   /məˈtɑː.nə-/ specialized
the act of referring to something using a word that describes one of its qualities or features
metonym
noun [C] uk   /ˈmet.ə.nɪm/  us   /ˈmet̬-/
metonymic
adjective uk   /ˌmetˈɒn.ə.mɪk/  us   /ˌməˈtɑː.nə-/
Translations of “metonymy”
in Chinese (Traditional) 換喻,轉喻…
in Chinese (Simplified) 换喻,转喻…
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