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[lit-er-uh-lahyz] /ˈlɪt ər əˌlaɪz/

verb (used with object), literalized, literalizing.
to make ; interpret .


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    [lit-er-uh-lee] /ˈlɪt ər ə li/ adverb 1. in the or strict sense: She failed to grasp the metaphor and interpreted the poem literally. What does the word mean literally? 2. in a literal manner; word for word: to translate literally. 3. actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy: The city was literally destroyed. 4. in effect; in […]

  • Literalness

    [lit-er-uh l] /ˈlɪt ər əl/ adjective 1. in accordance with, involving, or being the primary or strict meaning of the word or words; not figurative or metaphorical: the literal meaning of a word. 2. following the words of the original very closely and exactly: a literal translation of Goethe. 3. true to fact; not exaggerated; […]

  • Literal-minded

    [lit-er-uh l-mahyn-did] /ˈlɪt ər əlˌmaɪn dɪd/ adjective 1. unimaginative; prosaic; matter-of-fact.

  • Literarily

    [lit-uh-rer-ee] /ˈlɪt əˌrɛr i/ adjective 1. pertaining to or of the nature of books and writings, especially those classed as : literary history. 2. pertaining to authorship: literary style. 3. versed in or acquainted with literature; well-read. 4. engaged in or having the profession of literature or writing: a literary man. 5. characterized by an […]

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