met·​a·​phor·​i·​cal·​ly | \ ˌme-tə-ˈfȯr-i-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce metaphorically (audio) , -ˈfär- \

Definition of metaphorically

: in a metaphorical or figurative sense rather than a literal sense : by using a metaphor At the center of every encryption system is a secret number or mathematical operation, metaphorically referred to as a key.— Peter Wayner At a typical event, he comes crashing onstage, delivers a macho statement of intent, metaphorically flexes his muscles, then roars away.— Terry McCarthy They settled in Somerville, Mass., next door to Cambridge but metaphorically across the tracks.— Laura Shapiro

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1534, in the meaning defined above

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“Metaphorically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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