1 in a literal manner; exactly 照原文; 精确地
*Idioms usually cannot be translated literally in another language. 成语通常不能照字面译成另一种语言.
* When he said he never wanted to see you again I'm sure he didn't mean it literally. 他说他再也不想见你了, 我肯定他言不由衷.
2 (infml 口) (used loosely, to intensify meaning 用以加强语气)
*I was literally bored to death! 我真的腻烦死了!
according to the most basic or original meaning of a word or expression
The name of the cheese is Dolcelatte, literally meaning 'sweet milk'.
I said I felt like quitting, but I didn't mean it literally (=I did not mean exactly what I said) !
take sb/sth literally
to believe exactly what someone or something says rather than trying to understand their general meaning
She takes the Bible literally.
used to emphasize that something, especially a large number, is actually true
The Olympic Games were watched by literally billions of people.
spoken used to emphasize a strong expression or word that is not being used in its real or original meaning. Some people consider this use to be incorrect.
Dad was literally blazing with anger.