WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
fig•ur•a•tive /ˈfɪgyərətɪv/USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. Rhetoricof the nature of or involving a figure of speech, esp. a metaphor:She used the word "dead'' in a figurative sense to mean "tired.''
  2. Rhetoriccharacterized by or having figures of speech:[letters filled with figurative language.]
fig•ur•a•tive•ly, adv. 

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figurative /ˈfɪɡərətɪv/ adj
  1. of the nature of, resembling, or involving a figure of speech; not literal; metaphorical
  2. using or filled with figures of speech
  3. representing by means of an emblem, likeness, figure, etc

ˈfiguratively adv ˈfigurativeness n

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