Literally definitions

lĭt'ər-ə-lē
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.

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In a literal or strict sense.

Don't take my remarks literally.

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In a literal manner; word for word.

Translated the Greek passage literally.

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In a literal manner or sense.
  • Word for word; not imaginatively, figuratively, or freely.
    To translate a passage literally.
  • Actually; in fact [the house literally burned to the ground].
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(colloquial) Used as a generic downtoner: just, merely.

You literally put it in the microwave for five minutes and it's done.

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(speech act) Word for word; not figuratively; not as an idiom or metaphor.

When I saw on the news that there would be no school tomorrow because of the snowstorm, I literally jumped for joy, and hit my head on the ceiling fan.

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(degree, proscribed) Used non-literally as an intensifier for figurative statements: virtually (often considered incorrect; see usage notes)
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Really; actually.
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Used as an intensive before a figurative expression.
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Origin of literally

literal +"Ž -ly