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adjective literal pronunciation in American English /ˈlɪt(ə)rəl/
  1. 1
    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
  2. 2
    a literal translation is one in which each word is translated separately in a way that does not sound natural
  3. 3

    literal

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    literal-minded

    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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