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figurative

fig·ur·a·tive

figurative

 
 
pronunciation:
fIg y r tihv
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not meant to be interpreted in a literal way; metaphorical.
"It's raining cats and dogs" is a figurative expression that means that it is raining very hard and not that animals are falling from the clouds.
antonyms:
literal
definition 2: containing or using many metaphors.
a figurative poem
definition 3: represented by means of a symbol, figure, or image.
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derivation: figuratively (adv.)
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