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literal

adjective uk   /ˈlɪt.ər.əl/ us    /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ-/
C2 The literal meaning of a word is its original, basic meaning: The literal meaning of "television" is "seeing from a distance". You will need to show more than just a literal understanding of the text.
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A literal translation of a text is done by translating each word separately, without looking at how the words are used together in a phrase or sentence. : Her translation is too literal, resulting in unnatural-sounding prose.
Translations of “literal”
in Korean 문자의…
in Arabic حَرفي…
in French littéral, réel…
in Turkish gerçek/asıl/sözlük anlamı…
in Italian letterale…
in Chinese (Traditional) (意義)字面的,根本的…
in Russian буквальный…
in Polish dosłowny…
in Spanish literal…
in Portuguese literal…
in German buchstäblich, wörtlich…
in Catalan literal…
in Japanese 文字どおりの…
in Chinese (Simplified) (意义)字面的,根本的…
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