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metaphor

met·a·phor

metaphor

 
pronunciation:
me t for
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part of speech: noun
definition: a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is used to describe one thing in terms of another in a nonliteral way, such as "drowning in work".
 
derivations: metaphorical (adj.), metaphorically (adv.), metaphoricalness (n.)
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The word metaphor comes from an ancient Greek word that meant "to transfer or carry over to something else." When you use a metaphor, it is as though you are taking the word for one thing and transferring it to another thing that you perceive to be like the first thing.
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The word metaphor contains the following parts:
meta- Greek prefix that means change, between, after, beyond
phor, -phore Greek root that means carry, bear