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Definition of Figurative


  1. Representing by a figure, or by resemblance; typical; representative.
  2. Used in a sense that is tropical, as a metaphor; not literal; -- applied to words and expressions.
  3. Abounding in figures of speech; flowery; florid; as, a highly figurative description.
  4. Relating to the representation of form or figure by drawing, carving, etc. See Figure, n., 2.

Figurative Translations

figurative in Dutch is oneigenlijk, figuurlijk
figurative in German is bildlich
figurative in Portuguese is figurativo
figurative in Spanish is figurado