Definition of figuratively adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfɪɡərətɪvli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪɡərətɪvli//
    , NAmE//ˈfɪɡjərətɪvli//
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  1. 1in a way that involves using words or phrases with a meaning that is different from usual, in order to create a particular mental picture She is, figuratively speaking, holding a gun to his head. opposite literally (1)
  2. 2(in art) in a way that shows people, animals and objects as they really look a painter who paints figuratively compare abstractly