over·​whelm·​ing·​ly | \ ˌō-vər-ˈ(h)wel-miŋ-lē How to pronounce overwhelmingly (audio) \

Definition of overwhelmingly

1a : to an overwhelming extent an overwhelmingly powerful army
b : extremely overwhelmingly mediocre
2 : mostly by far the workers were overwhelmingly female

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Besides the vocals sounding nearly identical, the evidence overwhelmingly points to the musician. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "T-Pain Is the Monster on 'The Masked Singer' and Any Other Theory Is Wrong," 27 Feb. 2019 Incumbent Tim Walz is giving up the seat for a gubernatorial run in a district that went overwhelmingly for Trump two years ago. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A good offense may be best defense for House GOP," 25 June 2018 The benefits of economic growth are going overwhelmingly to the wealthy. Jenny Jarvie, latimes.com, "U.N.'s poverty monitor says U.S. is 'like the kid who takes his football and goes home'," 22 June 2018 But heed this advice: Those structured to hit big or go home overwhelmingly go home. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "401(k) investors: Follow the 5% rule to protect your retirement savings," 17 June 2018 In 2016, the 22nd District overwhelmingly went for Mr. Trump, and voters are quick to write off criticism of Mr. Nunes, whose family farming background many closely relate to, as television spin and partisan bickering. New York Times, "In California’s Farm Country, the Tide of ‘Resistance’ Runs Dry Ahead of the Primary," 29 May 2018 But the money went far and wide, and went overwhelmingly to the Republican Party of Florida ($429,550) and the Republican State Leadership Committee ($225,000). Lawrence Mower, miamiherald, "Opioid makers gave $1 million to Florida politicians over last 20 years | Miami Herald," 19 May 2018 Experts agree that under bankruptcy rules, the $2 million in cash would overwhelmingly go to the bank, a secured creditor. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Chef Jose Garces faces a crucial court date," 18 May 2018 Women my age in particular have been overwhelmingly supportive of my choice to buy my ring myself. Bethany Rutter, Glamour, "I Bought My Own Engagement Ring and I Couldn’t Be Happier," 8 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of overwhelmingly

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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