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adverb literally pronunciation in American English /ˈlɪt(ə)rəli/
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  1. 1
    used for showing that what you are saying is really true and is not just an impressive way of describing something

    Now there are literally thousands of companies using our software.

    1. a.
      used when you are describing something in an extreme way that cannot be true

      When I told him the news he literally exploded.

  2. 2
    in the most basic, obvious meanings of the words that are used

    There’s an Italian dessert called tiramisu, which literally meanspull me up.”

    take (=understand) something literally:

    Children take things literally when they hear them from a teacher.

  3. 3
    if you translate something literally, you translate each word separately in a way that does not sound natural

sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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