Definition of literally adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈlɪtərəli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪtərəli//
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  1. 1in a literal way synonym exactly The word ‘planet’ literally means ‘wandering body’. When I told you to ‘get lost’ I didn't expect to be taken literally. Idioms usually cannot be translated literally into another language.
  2. 2used to emphasize the truth of something that may seem surprising There are literally hundreds of prizes to win.
  3. 3(informal) used to emphasize a word or phrase, even if it is not actually true in a literal sense I literally jumped out of my skin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: literally