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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from literal.
That a man and his wife are one flesh, I can comprehend the meaning of; yet literally taken, it is a thing impossible. Jonathan Swift.
Endeavouring to turn his Nisus and Euryalus as close as I was able, I have performed that episode too literally; that giving more scope to Mezentius and Lausus, that version, which has more of the majesty of Virgil , has less of his conciseness. Dryden.
So wild and ungovernable a poet cannot be translated literally; his genius is too strong to bear a chain. Dryden.
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
British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
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
I’ve been in the room many times where my director tells me to take it down, and I take it down, and then we get a phone call, the batphone rings in the back, literally a red phone, like the special red phone rings, and they pick it up and this producerpicks it up ...every so often they put it on speaker, and it’s like the head of the network being like, ‘There’s nothing that you’re doing right now that makes me want to stick, put the numbers back up, because that’s the most enticing thing that we had,’.
We're literally looking through his eyes.
He was the gentlest, nicest kid in the world. He wouldn't use these electric fly swatters I have, he literally would not hurt a fly, he worried about other people first.
One of the fundamental issues I think clearly is the corruption in the government…the government itself not havingthelegitimacy in the eyes of the people, you saw what happened at the end. Thesenior government elites, they all just literally bugged out.
We still have problems because our cut has still not been restored. Literally, it's a month-to-month suspense on whether we can meet wages, it really calls for huge attention.
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Translations for literally
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- literalmentCatalan, Valencian
- buchstäblich, wörtlichGerman
- kirjaimellisesti, sananmukaisestiFinnish
- texto, mot à mot, littéralementFrench
- בצורה מילולית, באופן מילוליHebrew
- bokstavelegNorwegian Nynorsk
- буквально, дословноRussian
- doslovno, bukvalno, tacno takoSerbo-Croatian
- asıl itibariyle, harfi harfine, harfiyenTurkish
- لفظی معنیUrdu
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