Definitions for figurativeˈfɪg yər ə tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fig•ur•a•tiveˈfɪg yər ə tɪv(adj.)

  1. of the nature of or involving a figure of speech, esp. a metaphor; metaphorical; not literal.

    Category: Rhetoric

  2. characterized by or abounding in figures of speech.

    Category: Rhetoric

  3. representing by means of a figure or likeness, as in drawing or sculpture.

  4. representing by a figure or emblem; emblematic.

Origin of figurative:

1350–1400; ME (< MF) < LL


Princeton's WordNet

  1. figurative, nonliteral(adj)

    (used of the meanings of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech

    "figurative language"

  2. figural, figurative(adj)

    consisting of or forming human or animal figures

    "a figural design"; "the figurative art of the humanistic tradition"- Herbert Read

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. figurative(adjective)ˈfɪg yər ə tɪv

    ≠ literal

    figurative language; a figurative use of the word


  1. figurative(Adjective)

    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".

  2. figurative(Adjective)

    Metaphorically so called

  3. figurative(Adjective)

    With many figures of speech

  4. figurative(Adjective)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Figurative(adj)

    representing by a figure, or by resemblance; typical; representative

  2. Figurative(adj)

    used in a sense that is tropical, as a metaphor; not literal; -- applied to words and expressions

  3. Figurative(adj)

    abounding in figures of speech; flowery; florid; as, a highly figurative description

  4. Figurative(adj)

    relating to the representation of form or figure by drawing, carving, etc. See Figure, n., 2

Translations for figurative

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of or using figures of speech

figurative language.

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