in a literal sense
"literally translated"; "he said so literally"
(intensifier before a figurative expression) without exaggeration
"our eyes were literally pinned to TV during the Gulf War"
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.
used non-literally as an intensifier for figurative statements: virtually (often considered incorrect; see usage notes)
Used as a generic downtoner: just, merely.
You literally put it in the microwave for five minutes and it's done.
according to the primary and natural import of words; not figuratively; as, a man and his wife can not be literally one flesh
with close adherence to words; word by word
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Rank popularity for the word 'literally' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2440
Rank popularity for the word 'literally' in Adverbs Frequency: #291
The numerical value of literally in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of literally in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of literally in a Sentence
Obviously the Congress has a right … they have every right in the world to take a look to see whether or not it's being implemented in the way Congress intended. I am absolutely confident in the work that our TIP (Trafficking in Persons) team does, which literally takes an entire year to do.
We literally fly millions of flights every year, that this should happen is so rare. But that's why we have all these safety measures in place.
It is amazing, i saw some people last night literally walking off that train. I don't know how they did it.
It literally flies in the face of criticism of 'fake news' when you see how rigorous they are before anything ends up in that newspaper, the Fourth Estate.
I hope that very soon, and I mean literally next week, we plan an even more large-scale exchange.
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Translations for literally
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- literalmentCatalan, Valencian
- buchstäblich, wörtlichGerman
- kirjaimellisesti, sananmukaisestiFinnish
- littéralement, mot à mot, textoFrench
- בצורה מילולית, באופן מילוליHebrew
- bokstavelegNorwegian Nynorsk
- дословно, буквальноRussian
- bukvalno, doslovno, tacno takoSerbo-Croatian
- harfiyen, asıl itibariyle, harfi harfineTurkish
- لفظی معنیUrdu
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