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Difference between Figuratively, Literally and Literately

Figuratively means metaphorically or symbolically.

  • Figuratively speaking, it is turning the business world on edge.

Literally means following the exact meanings of the words.

  • Several community volunteers literally built that house in two months.

Literately is an adverb referring to the ability to read and write.

  • We helped the literately impaired people learn the latest news.