Figuratively - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɪɡərətɪvli|  American pronunciation of the word figuratively
Brit.  |ˈfɪɡ(ə)rətɪvli|  British pronunciation of the word figuratively

adverb

- in a figurative sense

figuratively speaking,...

Examples

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

The word is sometimes used figuratively.

The literal meaning of “know your ropes” is “to know a lot about ropes,” while figuratively it means “to know a lot about how to do something.”

They have a taste - figuratively speaking - for excitement.

Many words can be used both literally and figuratively.

He's a sailor who knows his ropes, literally and figuratively.

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