according 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)!
to believe exactly what someone or something says rather than trying to understand their general meaning:
She takes the Bible literally.
used to emphasize that something, especially a large number, is actually true:
The Olympic Games were watched by literally billions of people.
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.