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"literal" in British English

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literaladjective

uk   /ˈlɪt.ər.əl/  us   /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ-/
C2 The literal ​meaning of a word is ​itsoriginal, ​basicmeaning: 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.
(Definition of literal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"literal" in American English

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literaladjective

 us   /ˈlɪt̬·ər·əl/
having ​exactly the same ​meaning as the ​basic or ​originalmeaning of a word or ​expression: a literal ​interpretation of the Constitution A literal ​translation of a phrase in another ​language gives the ​meaning of each ​separate word.
(Definition of literal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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