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lit·er·al·ly

literally

 
 
pronunciation:
lI t r li
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part of speech: adverb
definition 1: word for word.
She translated the poem from Japanese to English literally.
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definition 2: in fact; really.
The farmer literally worked from morning until night.
Language Note
Literally means "in fact, exactly, or really." Figuratively means the opposite. When you speak figuratively, you equate a real situation with something that is not real but conveys the meaning or feeling that you want to express. If you say "It was so hot, I was melting from the heat," you are speaking figuratively. At least it would be extraordinarily terrible if you were speaking literally!