What does literally mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. literallyadverb

    in a literal sense

    "literally translated"; "he said so literally"

  2. literallyadverb

    (intensifier before a figurative expression) without exaggeration

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

Wiktionary

  1. literallyadverb

    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. literallyadverb

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

  3. literallyadverb

    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

  1. Literallyadverb

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Literallyadverb

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

  2. Literallyadverb

    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

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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. Charles Chester:

    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,’.

  2. Chantal Bryan:

    We're literally looking through his eyes.

  3. Paul Castro:

    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.

  4. Mark Milley:

    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.

  5. Maneka Gandhi:

    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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