pow·​er·​ful·​ly | \ ˈpau̇(-ə)r-f(ə-)lē How to pronounce powerfully (audio) \

Definition of powerfully

: in a powerful manner She expressed her opinions very powerfully. : to a strong or powerful extent a powerfully moving film a powerfully aromatic dish a powerfully built athlete He was powerfully influenced by their advice. Neither words nor the most detailed painting can evoke a moment of vanished time as powerfully and as completely as a good photograph.— Beaumont Newhall

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of powerfully in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

These words resonate even more powerfully in the presence of the last witnesses of world war. The Christian Science Monitor, "Enjoying more than just the game," 7 June 2019 Yet a strong, individual fashion message can powerfully come across even if it isn’t screamed, but just whispered. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Our Very Favorite Moments From the Fall 2019 Collections," 12 Mar. 2019 Wearing your emotions on your sleeve is okay and confiding in a close male friend is a powerfully positive step forward. Jon Patrick Hatcher, Good Housekeeping, "If You Want to Know What's Really Going on in Boys' Heads, Ask Their BFFs," 30 Apr. 2019 Lurie came out strongly in favor of good things and very powerfully against bad things. Bob Ford, Philly.com, "Jeffrey Lurie stays ambiguous about Eagles protests during national anthem | Bob Ford," 25 May 2018 Just as powerfully as her speech began, Ocasio-Cortez ended on a poignant note, touching upon some of the serious issues that Americans have faced over recent years and incorporating hope for a better tomorrow. De Elizabeth, Glamour, "Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Speaks at 2019 Women's March in New York City," 20 Jan. 2019 His argument is that liqueurs don’t just have to be before or after dinner accessories but can be powerfully deployed in food-cocktail pairings. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Can Liqueurs Be the Next Big Thing in Food-Cocktail Pairings?," 14 Jan. 2019 This is a point Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt make powerfully in their book How Democracies Die: The norms sustaining our political system rested, to a considerable degree, on racial exclusion. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The political tribalism of Andrew Sullivan," 11 Dec. 2018 What concerns both Helen and Melmoth most powerfully is the idea of bearing witness to something terrible. Constance Grady, Vox, "Melmoth, from the author of The Essex Serpent, is a lurid novel of sin and redemption," 22 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'powerfully.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of powerfully

1589, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about powerfully

Statistics for powerfully

Last Updated

14 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for powerfully

The first known use of powerfully was in 1589

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on powerfully

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for powerfully

Comments on powerfully

What made you want to look up powerfully? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a device or gadget

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!