from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In a literal manner; word for word: translated the Greek passage literally.
- adv. In a literal or strict sense: Don't take my remarks literally.
- adv. Usage Problem Really; actually: "There are people in the world who literally do not know how to boil water” ( Craig Claiborne).
- adv. Usage Problem Used as an intensive before a figurative expression.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. word for word; not figuratively; not as an idiom or metaphor
- adv. used non-literally as an intensifier for figurative statements: virtually (often considered incorrect; see usage notes)
- adv. Used as a generic downtoner: just, merely.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. According to the primary and natural import of words; not figuratively.
- adv. With close adherence to words; word by word.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a literal manner or sense; according to the strict import of the word or words; exactly: as, the city was literally destroyed; the narrative is literally true.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in a literal sense
- adv. (intensifier before a figurative expression) without exaggeration
literal + -ly (Wiktionary)