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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishliterallylit‧e‧ral‧ly /ˈlɪtərəli/ ●●○ S3 adverb  1 EXACTaccording to the most basic or original meaning of a word or expression The name of the cheese is Dolcelatte, literally meaning ‘sweet milk’. I said I felt like quitting, but I didn’t mean it literally (=I did not mean exactly what I said)!2 take somebody/something literally3 EMPHASIZEused to emphasize that something, especially a large number, is actually true The Olympic Games were watched by literally billions of people.4 spokenVERY used to emphasize a strong expression or word that is not being used in its real or original meaning. Some people consider this use to be incorrect Dad was literally blazing with anger.
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literallyThey reached the summit together hand in hand, quite literally.She sinks into a depressed condition in which she can literally but not cognitively see.Solarization is another technique that can be used during summer to literally cook the pests.Disease is literally dis-ease, a state of disharmony and imbalance on one or other, or more, of these levels.It was, literally, going places.The Boeing 247 a conventional plane which literally landed, was introduced in 1934.The word "polygraph" literally means "many writings."Jan and I have literally nothing in common.Sunnyvale uses literally thousands of measures.Literally thousands of people lost their life savings in the market crash.mean ... literallyI don't mean that literally.There is every reason to think that he meant this quite literally.When I say that I saw Karen at the funeral, I mean that quite literally.It was clear that he meant this literally and also as: to rape a white girl is to rape her father.And many were surprised that I meant it literally and applied it across-the-board.This means literally washing a wall with light.He meant literally what he said.
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