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adjective     literal pronunciation in British English
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    the literal meaning of a word is its most basic meaning

    He is clearly not using the worddead’ in its literal sense.

    See also figurative
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    understanding words or ideas only in a basic and obvious way, and not their hidden or more unusual meanings

    Young children can be very literal.

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a volume of articles, essays, etc., contributed by many authors in honor of a colleague, usually published on the occasion of their retirement, an important anniversary and the like

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