This adverb should be used to describe an action that occurs in a strict sense. Often, however, it is used inversely to emphasize a hyperbolic or figurative statement: "I literally ran 300 miles today." Literally is one of the most famously used crutch words in English. The next one, however, may surprise you.
in a literal manner or sense; exactly.
"the driver took it literally when asked to go straight over the roundabout"
verbatim, word for word, line for line, letter for letter, to the letter;