Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make literal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make literal or prosaic

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make literal; to interpret or put in practice according to the strict meaning of the words; -- opposed to spiritualize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render literal; conform or adhere to the letter; interpret or put in practice according to the strict meaning of the words. Also spelled literalise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make literal

Etymologies

literal +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

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