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literalize

[lit-er-uh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), lit·er·al·ized, lit·er·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make literal; interpret literally.
Also especially British, lit·er·al·ise.

Origin of literalize

First recorded in 1820–30; literal + -ize
Related formslit·er·al·i·za·tion, nounlit·er·al·iz·er, nounun·lit·er·al·ized, adjective
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