Figurative meaning

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Represented by a figure or resemblance; symbolic or emblematic.
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Having to do with figure drawing, painting, etc.
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Of or relating to artistic representation by means of animal or human figures.
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The definition of figurative is something that is not to be interpreted literally, but that instead uses a symbol or a likeness.

An example of figurative language is when you say that you are so hungry, you could eat a horse.

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Metaphorical or tropical, as opposed to literal; using figures; as of the use of "cats and dogs" in the phrase "It's raining cats and dogs".
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Metaphorically so called.
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With many figures of speech.
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Representing by means of a figure, symbol, or likeness.
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Not in its original, usual, literal, or exact sense; representing one concept in terms of another that may be thought of as analogous with it; metaphoric.

In “screaming headlines,” the word “screaming” is a figurative use.

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Containing figures of speech.
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Origin of figurative

  • From Middle French figuratif

    From Wiktionary