figuratively
adverb see figurative

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • figuratively — adverb In a figurative manner. Shepherd A word naturally of frequent occurence in Scripture. This word is used figuratively to represent the relation of rulers to their subjects and of God to his people. Ant: literally …   Wiktionary

  • figuratively — See figuratively, literally …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • figuratively — fig|u|ra|tive|ly [ fıgjərətıvli ] adverb using words not in their normal LITERAL meaning but in a way that makes a description more interesting or impressive: I laughed until I nearly died, figuratively speaking, of course …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • figuratively — UK [ˈfɪɡərətɪvlɪ] / US [ˈfɪɡjərətɪvlɪ] adverb using words not in their normal literal meaning but in a way that makes a description more interesting or impressive I laughed until I nearly died, figuratively speaking, of course …   English dictionary

  • figuratively — figurative ► ADJECTIVE 1) not using words literally; metaphorical. 2) Art representing forms that are recognizably derived from life. DERIVATIVES figuratively adverb figurativeness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • figuratively — adverb in a figurative sense (Freq. 1) figuratively speaking,... • Ant: ↑literally • Derived from adjective: ↑figurative …   Useful english dictionary

  • Figuratively — Figurative Fig ur*a*tive, a. [L. figurativus: cf. F. figuratif. See {Figurative}.] 1. Representing by a figure, or by resemblance; typical; representative. [1913 Webster] This, they will say, was figurative, and served, by God s appointment, but… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • figuratively — See figurative. * * * …   Universalium

  • figuratively — adv. in a figurative manner; metaphorically, symbolically …   English contemporary dictionary

  • figuratively — fig·u·ra·tive·ly …   English syllables

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