The definition of figurative is something that is not to be interpreted literally, but that instead uses a symbol or a likeness.(adjective)
An example of figurative language is when you say that you are so hungry, you could eat a horse.
See figurative in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OFr figuratif < LL figurativus < L figuratus, pp. of figurare, to form, fashion < figura, figure
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