literally literally  /ˈlɪ tə rə li/


  1. (adv) in a literal sense
  2. (adv) (intensifier before a figurative expression) without exaggeration


  1. Aircraft had long before flown over the summit, and within a few decades literally hundreds of other people from many nations would climb Everest too.
  2. But there were literally millions of people whose retirement, whose investments, whose insurance were at risk here.
  3. In each, he blended his engaging personality with beautifully choreographed, literally death-defying stunts which, famously, Jackie performed himself.


  1. Free speech outside Supreme Court: Ban on protests in plaza struck down

    In a case that brings free speech protections literally to the very steps of the US Supreme Court, a federal judge in Washington has struck down as unconstitutional a statute that allowed police to arrest anyone attempting to deliver a message of protest on the wide marble plaza outside the high court’s elegant front entrance.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News

  2. Online Tool Shows Running An Electric Car Can Be As Cheap As Gas At A Buck A Gallon

    While the current cost of a gallon of gasoline is literally posted on street corners, it’s difficult for those considering an electric vehicle to gauge how much it might cost to power his or her daily commute from the local power grid, versus making the trek in a conventionally powered model. The Environmental Protection Agency posts “electric equivalent” fuel economy ratings, but it’s still ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Forbes

  3. Clapper: Leaks are 'literally gut-wrenching,' leaker being sought

    "For me, it is literally – not figuratively – literally gut-wrenching to see this happen...," Clapper told NBC News's Andrea Mitchell.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Washington Post


  1. Stevens said that unlike a ruling two years ago overturning a Washington, DC, handgun ban, Monday's decision "could prove far more destructive - quite literally - to our nation's communities and to our constitutional structure."
    on Jun 29, 2010 By: John Paul Stevens Source: KTVN

  2. "NASA spent billions upon billions of dollars on space travel and has only managed to send 480 people," Branson said. "We're literally hoping to send thousands of people into space over the next couple of years. We want to make sure that we...
    on Dec 7, 2009 By: Richard Branson Source: ABC News

  3. "He made soul music a world music," Sharpton said. "What James Brown was to music in terms of soul and hip-hop, rap, all of that, is what Bach was to classical music. This is a guy who literally changed the music industry. He put everybody on...
    on Dec 25, 2006 By: Al Sharpton Source: FOXNews

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infatuated infatuated
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