What does literally mean?

Definitions for literally
ˈlɪt ər ə lilit·er·al·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word literally.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. literally(adverb)

    in a literal sense

    "literally translated"; "he said so literally"

  2. literally(adverb)

    (intensifier before a figurative expression) without exaggeration

    "our eyes were literally pinned to TV during the Gulf War"

Wiktionary

  1. literally(Adverb)

    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.

  2. literally(Adverb)

    used non-literally as an intensifier for figurative statements: virtually (often considered incorrect; see usage notes)

  3. literally(Adverb)

    Used as a generic downtoner: just, merely.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Literally(adverb)

    according to the primary and natural import of words; not figuratively; as, a man and his wife can not be literally one flesh

  2. Literally(adverb)

    with close adherence to words; word by word

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'literally' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2440

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'literally' in Adverbs Frequency: #291

How to pronounce literally?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say literally in sign language?

  1. literally

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of literally in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of literally in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of literally in a Sentence

  1. State John Kerry:

    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.

  2. Dave Funk:

    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.

  3. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter:

    It is amazing, i saw some people last night literally walking off that train. I don't know how they did it.

  4. Liz Garbus:

    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.

  5. Vadym Prystaiko:

    I hope that very soon, and I mean literally next week, we plan an even more large-scale exchange.

Images & Illustrations of literally

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