Learner's definition of LITERALLY
in a literal way: such as
in a way that uses the ordinary and usual meaning of a word
Many words can be used both literally and figuratively.
He took her comments literally.
He's a sailor who knows his ropes, literally and figuratively.
— used to stress that a statement or description is true and accurate even though it may be surprising
He was literally [=truly, actually] insane.
He was quite literally jumping up and down in his rage.
The party was attended by literally hundreds of people.
with the meaning of each individual word given exactly
in a completely accurate way
— used in an exaggerated way to emphasize a statement or description that is not literally true or possible
The group literally poured out new ideas. [=the group produced many new ideas]
Steam was literally coming out of his ears. [=he was very angry]
She was literally beside herself with rage.