overly

adverb
over·​ly | \ˈō-vər-lē \

Definition of overly 

: to an excessive degree : too

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Examples of overly in a Sentence

These directions are overly complex. She's overly sensitive to criticism. They didn't seem overly concerned about the problem.
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Once seen as overly aggressive, the policies are now influencing other countries to take a tougher approach. Adam Satariano, The Seattle Times, "Google to charge phone makers for Android apps in Europe," 16 Oct. 2018 The agency says the rule change is simply an effort to roll back the agency’s overly aggressive practices under its first director, Richard Cordray, and isn’t technically part o the law, anyway. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The Trump administration is dismantling financial protections for the military," 14 Aug. 2018 If Anderson and Tilson erred on the side of being overly aggressive on the bases, Renteria seemed willing to live with it. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Yoan Moncada asked to learn error of his ways — and he's not the only one," 29 June 2018 But that early civility gave way to a series of disputes over whether UTLA organizers were being overly aggressive — as Alliance claimed — and whether Alliance's leaders were intimidating employees interested in joining — as the union maintained. Anna M. Phillips, latimes.com, "Teachers union gains a foothold in L.A.'s largest charter school group," 2 May 2018 Kazan, Russia If the very format of the World Cup has seemed overly complicated to you until this point—with group stages, draws, and fourth tiebreakers—fear not, because things are about to get simpler. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "It’s Time for Some Heavyweight Knockouts in the World Cup," 28 June 2018 In interviews, some lawyers and advocates for the migrants have complained that the reunification process appears plodding and overly complicated. Staff And Wire Report, San Antonio Express-News, "Unclear math: HHS has 2,047 children; full US count lacking," 26 June 2018 In interviews, some lawyers and advocates for the migrants have complained that the reunification process appears plodding and overly complicated. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Seattle Times, "Unclear math: HHS has 2,047 children; full US count lacking," 26 June 2018 The companies’ main economist, Dennis Carlton from the University of Chicago, refuted Shapiro’s model as overly complicated and rejected his conclusions. Marcy Gordon, BostonGlobe.com, "AT&T-Time Warner merger approved by federal judge," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of overly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overly was before the 12th century

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overly

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of overly

: to an excessive degree

overly

adverb
over·​ly | \ˈō-vər-lē \

Kids Definition of overly

: by too much : to an excessive degree overly worried an overly long movie

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