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?

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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. David Reichmuth:

    When you think about particulate matter, you might first think about dust, but we're talking about particles that are much smaller, it gets deep into your lungs and bloodstream. It literally shortens people's lives.

  2. Sharon Choksi:

    What you find is across all of those companies, the shirts are 1 to 3 inches slimmer for a girl in every single brand, and when you talk about the shorts, the shorts are literally one-third the length of the boys' shorts, it's one thing for us to say, 'Oh, they're smaller,' but when you actually see the numbers, I think it really drives home the message.

  3. Chris Coons:

    I was really surprised at how much criticism there was of literally the most popular, most recent two-term American president, we should be looking forward as a party more than we're looking backward. To the extent we are going to review President Obama's record, I think we should be highlighting some of its strengths rather than re-litigating some of the questions about it.

  4. Walter Thompson:

    It’s quite literally using numbers to measure your progress, it’s a way to hold your instructor or personal trainer or yourself accountable when trying to meet fitness goals.

  5. Fox News/Allie Raffa -RRB- Collins:

    The data they provided me was incredible, i could literally look in between the blocks and see the damage that was done in between each individual block.

Images & Illustrations of literally

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