Writing & Editing Dictionaries add informal definition of ‘literally’ Merriam-Webster, Macmillan and Google all say it’s all right to use “literally” to add emphasis to a statement or describe something figuratively. What do you think? By Kristin Long@KristinMLongAug. 15, 2013 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.