how to pronounce literally


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The above transcription of literally is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association. You can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

literally is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of literally in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… one floor come down literally on the …”

meanings of literally


  1. Used to intensify or dramatise non-figurative statements; tending towards a meaningless filler word in repeated use.
  2. Used as a generic downtoner: just, merely.
  3. Used non-literally as an intensifier for figurative statements: virtually, so to speak (often considered incorrect; see usage notes).
  4. Word for word; not figuratively; not as an idiom or metaphor.

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