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Meaning of LITERALLY

Pronunciation:  'liturulee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  (intensifier before a figurative expression) without exaggeration; "our eyes were literally pinned to TV during the Gulf war"
  2. [adv]  in a literal sense; "literally translated"; "he said so literally"

LITERALLY is a 9 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: virtually
 Antonyms: figuratively



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Lit"er*al*ly\, adv.
1. According to the primary and natural import of words; not
   figuratively; as, a man and his wife can not be literally
   one flesh.

2. With close adherence to words; word by word.

         So wild and ungovernable a poet can not be
         translated literally.                 --Dryden.

Thesaurus Terms
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