- Literally is defined as something that is actually true, or exactly what you are saying word for word.
An example of literally is when you say you actually received 100 letters in response to an article.
literally definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
in a literal manner or sense; specif.,
- word for word; not imaginatively, figuratively, or freely: to translate a passage literally
- actually; in fact [the house literally burned to the ground]: now often used as an intensive to modify a word or phrase that itself is being used figuratively [she literally flew into the room]: this latter usage is objected to by some
literally definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- In a literal manner; word for word: translated the Greek passage literally.
- In a literal or strict sense: Don't take my remarks literally.
- Usage Problem a. Really; actually: “There are people in the world who literally do not know how to boil water” (Craig Claiborne).b. Used as an intensive before a figurative expression.