Figurative - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɪɡərətɪv|  American pronunciation of the word figurative
Brit.  |ˈfɪɡ(ə)rətɪv|  British pronunciation of the word figurative

adjective

- consisting of or forming human or animal figures(syn: figural)

the figurative art of the humanistic tradition

Examples

The phrase “know your ropes” means literally “to know a lot about ropes,” while its figurative meaning is “to know a lot about how to do something.”

...the figurative use of “allergy” to mean “a feeling of dislike”...

He's my son, in the figurative sense of the word.

They have a taste - figuratively speaking - for excitement.

the figurative art of the humanistic tradition

The word has both literal meanings and figurative meanings.

Even during Picasso's youthful figurative stages, stark realism was never his forte ...

See also:  WebsterWiktionaryLongman