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literallyadverb

us   /ˈlɪt̬·ər·ə·li/
[not gradable] used for emphasizing how large or great an amount is: There were literally hundreds of pages to read in the contract.
[not gradable] Literally is also used to emphasize a statement and suggest that it is surprising: I literally (= really) had no idea you and Sophie were coming.
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"literally" in British English

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literallyadverb

uk   /ˈlɪt.ər.əl.i/ us   /ˈlɪt̬.ɚ.əl.i/
B2 using the real or original meaning of a word or phrase: They were responsible for literally millions of deaths. We live literally just round the corner from her.
If you translate literally, you translate each word in a text separately, without looking at how the words are used together in a phrase or sentence: Translations that are done too literally often don't flow well or don't sound natural.
informal used to emphasize what you are saying: He missed that kick literally by miles. I was literally bowled over by the news.
informal simply or just: Then you literally cut the sausage down the middle.

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(Definition of literally from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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